Thanks to the Schengen Agreement border controls have been abolished between 26 European countries. Every year, Europeans make over 1.25 billion journeys within the Schengen area without showing their passports when crossing internal borders. The Schengen area also makes travel easier for non EU-citizens. In 2014, nearly 16 million Schengen visas were issued by Schengen countries. In addition, the Schengen Agreement facilitates cross-border business in Europe.
Schengen is one of Europe's greatest achievements.
Press conference by Commissioner Malmström presenting the proposal to establish a European Cybercrime Centre.
The CONTAIN project organised its last demonstration and final event in partnership with Consorzio IB Innovation in Bologna on March 5-6
PERSEUS Glider Workshop
PERSEUS Embarcación Río Miño
PERSEUS Project presentation by Guardia Civil
Protection of European Seas and Borders through the Intelligent Use of Surveillance
Based on Commission proposals, the Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted in September 2015 two Decisions to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece, to assist them in dealing with the pressures of the refugee crisis. Under the relocation scheme, asylum seekers in clear need of international protection arriving in Greece and Italy are relocated to other Member States where they will have their asylum applications processed. If these applications are successful, the asylum seekers will be granted refugee status in the Member State to which they have been relocated. The European Commission provides financial support to the Member States participating in the relocation scheme.
As part of the action to assist frontline Member States which face disproportionate migratory pressures at the EU’s external borders, in the European Agenda on Migration presented in May 2015, the European Commission proposed to develop a new Hotspot approach. EASO, Frontex, Europol and Eurojust work on the ground with the authorities of the frontline Member State to help to fulfil their obligations under EU law and swiftly identify, register and fingerprint incoming migrants. The Hotspot approach has contributed to the implementation of the temporary relocation schemes proposed by the European Commission on 27 May and 9 September 2015. Italy and Greece were the first two Members States where this Hotspot approach was implemented. The operational support provided under the Hotspot approach concentrates on registration, identification, fingerprinting and debriefing of asylum seekers, as well as return operations.
Based on the information received from Member States and Dublin Associated States, displaced people in need of protection were resettled to EU countries since the start of the resettlement scheme agreed on 20 July 2015
The European Union gives more than €1 billion a year to help refugees forced to flee their homes. This vital humanitarian funding provides access to essential services.
On the World Refugee Day 2016, football stars Marouane Fellaini and Anja Mittag have joined forces with the EU to show that they care about refugees worldwide.
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More about EU life-saving support for refugees: http://bit.ly/WRDYT
Video by European Union/ECHO
Sixth episode of "On the front line" – a programme by the Euronews channel, this time on the subject of corruption.
An information video on the objectives and functioning of VIS.
An information video on the Schengen area.