About: visa-free travel

Enlargement 12-10-2017

During Albania visit, Kosovo President defies EU

The President of Kosovo is defying the EU by hinting Kosovars will get Albanian passports to be able to travel visa-free to the EU.

Politics 12-07-2017

Ukraine Association Agreement deal sealed ahead of Kyiv summit

After years of delay, the EU formally approved on Tuesday (11 July) the Association Agreement with Ukraine, ahead of a high-profile summit in Kyiv beginning on Wednesday (12 July).

Oil and Industry 12-06-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: The EU has the wind in its sails. But there are also risks.

Sunshine always follows rain and that's true for the EU too.

Global Europe 12-06-2017

Trump and Iohannis disagree on whether they discussed visa issue

US President Donald Trump appeared to contradict his visiting Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis, when asked by a journalist if they had discussed the continuing visa requirements for the citizens of some EU countries, including Romania.

Ukrainians cheer on first day of visa-free EU travel

Ukrainians on Sunday (11 June) celebrated the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with thousands crossing the border as President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic "exit" from Moscow's grip.

Global Europe 25-05-2017

Doubts over Trump’s policies on Russia, trade and climate remain after first EU meeting

European Council President Donald Tusk has said he and US President Donald Trump have not seen common ground on climate, trade or Russia in their first meeting. They did agree on security and counterterrorism, he said.

Poroshenko: EU visa waiver completes Ukraine ‘divorce’ from Russia

In a statement on the occasion of the long-awaited EU visa waiver for Ukrainian citizens, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said today his country had now registered its “complete break up with the Russian Empire”.

Enlargement 11-05-2017

Kosovo government falls over border demarcation deal with Montenegro

Kosovo's government collapsed yesterday (10 May) after it lost a confidence vote in parliament, a move expected to trigger a snap election after more than a year of political crisis in the tiny Balkan country.

Commission will not require visas for US citizens as ‘retaliation’

The European Commission has decided not to require visas for Americans travelling to Europe, rejecting calls from MEPs to retaliate against US visa requirements for citizens of five member states.

MEPs approve visa-free travel for Ukrainians

The European Parliament today (6 April) supported easing travel rules for Ukrainians, driving on a Western integration viewed with great suspicion by Moscow.

Brexit 04-04-2017

UK tourism body calls for visa-free EU travel after Brexit

Britain should aim to secure visa-free travel between the UK and the European Union in upcoming negotiations to leave the bloc, an association of travel agents said on Tuesday (4 April), adding that a transitional deal could also help the sector.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Now is not the time to isolate Belarus

The EU can encourage change in Belarus by offering support and closer ties. Punitive moves to sever ties with Minsk will undo much of the progress that has already been made, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.

Enlargement 09-01-2017

Turkey says EU ‘incomplete’ without it, eyes better US ties

Turkey today (9 January) urged the European Union to revive stalled negotiations on Ankara joining the bloc, saying without it Europe was "incomplete".

Global Europe 03-01-2017

Kazakhstan lifts visa requirements to boost tourism, investment

Kazakhstan said Tuesday (3 January) it had lifted visa requirements for citizens of the European Union, OECD countries and a number of other states in a bid to boost investment and tourism.

Global Europe 22-11-2016

Trump’s Russia policy looms large over EU-Ukraine summit

The EU-Ukraine 18th summit to be held on Thursday (24 November) is expected to discuss the consequences of an expected distancing of Washington from Kyiv, and the need for Brussels to do more in assisting the pro-Western government of President Petro Poroshenko.

Europe's East 18-11-2016

EU approves Ukraine visa-free travel

European Union member states yesterday (17 November) approved visa-free travel for Ukraine citizens, long sought by Kyiv to help cement ties as it combats pro-Russian rebels in the east.

Enlargement 09-11-2016

Hahn wants ‘clear mandate’ to discuss if EU-Turkey relations have a future

Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is also responsible of enlargement negotiations, said today (9 November) that faced with the pressure of some political groups and some member states to freeze the negotiations with Turkey, he wants a clear mandate to discuss the issue with Ankara.

Enlargement 09-11-2016

Juncker tells Turks to blame Erdogan if visa-free deal fails

The European Union stepped up criticism yesterday (8 November) of Turkey's crackdown on opponents and alleged plotters behind a failed coup, drawing a sharp retort from Ankara, which accused Europe of failing to grasp the threats it faces.

Austria and Balkan states prepare for collapse of EU-Turkey deal

Austria said on Monday (7 November) it will meet with its Balkan neighbours to discuss what action they might take if a deal with Turkey aimed at restricting the flow of illegal migrants into the European Union collapses.

Global Europe 24-10-2016

EU should not forget Turkey has alternatives, PM warns

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım warned the EU on Saturday (22 October) not to forget that Turkey has alternatives to the bloc, whose ties with Ankara have become increasingly strained.

CETA collapse scuppers Bulgaria and Romania visa deal

Bulgaria and Romania agreed today (21 October) that their deal to obtain visa-free travel would be part of the CETA agreement, answering the concerns of the Belgian region of Wallonia. A couple of hours later they realised that they made the wrong decision.

Global Europe 21-10-2016

Netherland’s Rutte still mired in Ukraine referendum aftermath

At the EU summit overnight (20-21 October) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte obtained little support for his proposals for a way forward following the referendum in which his compatriots rejected the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

Trade & Society 19-10-2016

Bulgaria and Romania maintain reservations on CETA

Bulgaria and Romania have asked for written assurances by Ottawa yesterday (18 October) before removing their veto on the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

Enlargement 11-10-2016

Turkish CHP party accuses Erdogan of undermining democracy

A senior representative of the Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP), harshly criticised the ruling AK party of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today (11 October) for undermining democracy after the failed coup attempt last July.