Europe Borders

With Brexit an imminent reality, Gibraltar has indicated its desire to join the EU’s borderless Schengen area to ease travel concerns after Britain has left Europe. Britain will leave the European bloc officially on January 31st and is to begin an 11 month transition period where it will negotiate the terms of a deal with […]

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As of December 4th, 2019, Frontex —the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has been granted additional responsibilities. The agency has also received new means to more efficiently assist EU countries and Schengen member nations in controlling their external borders. The newly enforced European Border and Coast Guard regulation paves the way for the foundation […]

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European Union authorities have signed an agreement with Serbia to cooperate in regards to border and coast management. This cooperation between the non-Schengen country and Frontex —the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is expected to increase security within the EU for both visitors and residents alike. The agreement was signed by Maria Ohisalo —Minister […]

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The European Parliament has approved new legislation which strengthens the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, known as Frontex, by supplying it with extra staff and equipment. The plan is to increase the number of operational staff to 10,000 by 2027 and focus on strengthening the region’s borders. The movement was passed with 403 votes […]

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Swiss-German border checks used to be the norm up until as recently as 2008, when Switzerland joined the Schengen Area. From then on, citizens traveling between Switzerland and any other Schengen country have not been subject to routine checks. Individuals can currently travel freely in a Europe-wide border-free zone. However, recent events involving foreigners have […]

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Frontex, more commonly known as the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is an international border enforcement agency for the European Union’s Schengen Area. It works to ensure that the zone’s frontier member states and the border integrity of the Schengen zone is adequately protected. Once ETIAS is launched in 2021 the job of the […]

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Almost three years after the Brexit referendum in which the British people voted by a narrow margin to leave the EU, much uncertainty remains. The new official date for the UK to leave is 31 October but it remains to be seen whether this will be replaced with yet another extension. Amongst the many questions […]

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The European Union: How It Got Started The European Union began as the EEC (European Economic Community) after the Second World War. In 1958, six countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) decided to join forces to create a community that would involve agreements over steel, coal, and other elements of trade. The […]

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On December 28th, 2018, new rules to strengthen the Schengen Information System (SIS) entered into full force. These regulations were initially proposed by the European Commission in December 2016. Currently, the SIS is Europe’s most widely used information sharing system for security and border management. Its functions are managed by the eu-LISA Agency.   One […]

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