Ukraine: one step closer to EU visa liberalisation
The Commission adopted today its fourth progress report on the implementation by Ukraine of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP).
It concludes that Ukraine meets thefirst-phase requirements of the visa dialogue. The second phase, where the Commission will be checking the implementation of all these rules, can therefore be launched immediately after the Council concurs with the Commission's conclusion.
Commission reports on the implementation by Russia of the Common Steps towards visa-free regime with the EU
Today the Commission adopted its first progress report on Common Steps under the EU-Russia Visa Dialogue making a full assessment of the four key fields essential for moving towards visa free regime with the EU (1. Document security; 2. Migration issues; 3. Public security including anti-corruption; 4. Human rights related to the freedom of movement).
The report uses information gathered during the past two years since the Common Steps document was agreed by the EU-Russia Summit in December 2011 and is based on exchanges of written information and field expert missions.
Report: Global Approach to Migration and Mobility – two years on
In a report adopted today the Commission looks at the main developments of the EU's external migration policy in 2012 and 2013: while important steps have been taken to strengthen the dialogues and cooperation with non-EU partner countries, more can be done to bring about real change.
Efforts to address the realities of an increasing international mobility must match the needs and priorities of all stakeholders. This requires a better use of existing tools and stronger participation of EU Member States where possible.
Commission starts negotiations of Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements with Belarus
Today, Commission DG for Home Affairs, Stefano Manservisi and Belarus Deputy Foreign Minister Alena Kupchyna met in Brussels to launch the negotiations on Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements between the EU and Belarus. Since 2011 the Commission has been regularly reminding of its readiness to launch the negotiations.
The negotiations will focus on agreements to facilitate the procedures for issuing short-stay visas as well as the readmission of irregular migrants between the European Union and Belarus.
Georgia: one step closer to EU visa liberalisation
The Commission adopted today its second progress report on the implementation by Georgia of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP).
It concludes that Georgia meets the first-phase requirements of the visa dialogue. The second phase, where the Commission will be checking the implementation of all these benchmarks, can therefore be launched.
EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement signed and Visa Liberalization Dialogue launched
This morning, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström, in visit in Ankara at the invitation of the Turkish authorities, signed, with the Turkish Minister of Interior Muammer Güler, the EU-Turkey readmission agreement, and initiated, jointly with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu, the EU-Turkey Visa liberalization dialogue.
Communication on the future of EU Home Affairs policies
The European Commission is presenting today its vision on the future agenda for Home Affairs: there is a need to fully implement the agreed legislation and existing instruments, and to ensure that the EU is able to respond to opportunities and challenges ahead.
The Stockholm Programme that has framed Home Affairs policies in the years 2010 to 2014 is coming to an end. Significant progress has been made in the past five. But the work is not over yet.
Commission assesses progress by Turkey in visa dialogue
Today the Commission presented its first report on progress by Turkey in fulfilling the requirements set in its visa liberalisation roadmap.
The Commission acknowledges the progress made regarding the Turkish passport and civil registry systems, the importance of the reforms recently adopted in the field of migration and international protection, some positive developments in border cooperation with the EU Member States and FRONTEX, as well as the encouraging initiatives taken to reform anti-terror legislation.
EU and Jordan - partnership on mobility and migration
The EU and Jordan have today officially established a Mobility Partnership. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, and the Ministers responsible for migration from the twelve EU Member States participating in this partnership signed a Joint Declaration establishing a framework for future cooperation in the field of migration and mobility.