EU Visa Policy: Commission upgrades the Visa Information System to better secure the EU's external borders
The Commission is today proposing to upgrade the Visa Information System (VIS), the database containing information on persons applying for Schengen visas, in order to better respond to evolving security and migratory challenges and improve the EU's external border management.
The proposed changes will allow for more thorough background checks on visa applicants; close security information gaps through better information exchange between Member States; and ensure full interoperability with other EU-wide databases.
European Agenda on Migration: Continuous efforts needed to sustain progress
Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission is reporting today (14 March 2018) on progress made under the European Agenda on Migration and sets out further key actions to be taken, including as set out in the Commission's roadmap from December 2017 towards a comprehensive deal on migration by June 2018.
Visa reciprocity: Political and diplomatic efforts continue to yield results
The European Commission is reporting today on progress made towards achieving full visa reciprocity with Canada and the United States, evaluating the developments over the past seven months, and also providing the Commission's assessment on the effectiveness of the reciprocity mechanism.
Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on implementation of benchmarks for Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries
The Commission is today reporting on the continuous fulfilment of the visa liberalisation benchmarks by the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) as well as the Eastern Partnership countries (Georgiam Moldova and Ukraine). The report shows that, whilst the visa liberalisation requirements for the countries concerned continue to be fulfilled, action is required in a number of specific areas to preserve their sustainable implementation.
The UK cooperates with European states on law enforcement
On 13 April 2015 the Schengen Information System (SIS) – a key tool for national authorities to cooperate to fight terrorism and serious organised crime – becomes operational in the UK. The integration of the UK, which was put into effect by the Council as from 13 February, could only be accomplished thanks to intensive preparatory work by all participating states and eu-LISA, the EU agency responsible for the operational management of the SIS.
Commissioner Cecilia Malmström welcomes the political agreement reached between the negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the proposal to amend the Frontex Regulation. Once formally adopted the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (FRONTEX) will have a stronger mandate to better and more effectively protect the European Union's external borders.