About: Schengen

Manfred Weber: Bulgaria and Croatia should join Schengen ‘immediately’

Bulgaria and Croatia should join the EU's passport-free Schengen area immediately, EPP group leader Manfred Weber said on Wednesday (12 September), in a friendly gesture to two Eastern European governments from his political family.
Future EU 16-07-2018

Five EU countries to take migrants from Frontex ships after Italian plea

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday (15 July) said five European countries had agreed to take in 250 of the 450 migrants aboard two EU border agency vessels.

Asylum seekers use World Cup fan papers to try to enter EU from Russia

Asylum seekers from Morocco, Nigeria, China and elsewhere have tried to enter Europe illegally from Russia using World Cup fan identity documents, police told Reuters on 20 June.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2018

Macron wins Merkel’s backing on budget for eurozone

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (19 June) won German Chancellor Angela Merkel's backing for reforms that are aimed at bolstering the eurozone against crises, including a vaunted budget for the bloc.
Central Europe 13-06-2018

Bulgaria to launch joint application to euro waiting room and Banking union

Bulgaria will seek to join both the eurozone’s waiting room and the bloc’s banking union within a year, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov said on Tuesday (12 June).

France to extend internal EU border checks

France said Wednesday (4 April) it has decided to extend border checks with countries in Europe's Schengen passport-free zone until the end of October because of the persistent threat of terrorism.

MEPs grill Romania’s government in absentia

Procedural problems prevented Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader from addressing the European Parliament's plenary session on Wednesday (7 February) and explaining the government’s current judiciary reforms, which many MEPs see as a threat to the rule of law.

Rutte pours cold water on Bulgaria’s Schengen and Eurozone dreams

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte poured cold water on Bulgaria’s ambition to unlock its stalled bid to join the EU border-free Schengen area on Tuesday (6 February) and said the country also needed more work to meet the criteria for joining the Eurozone.

Borissov: Stop inventing pretexts for keeping Bulgaria out of Schengen

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov used the Brussels launch of the Bulgarian EU Presidency to criticise member states and EU diplomacy.
Global Europe 22-01-2018

In Sofia, Merkel gives her blessing to summit with Turkey

Germany welcomes a Bulgarian initiative to organise a European Commission-Turkey summit and the construction of a gas hub in Varna, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday (20 January) in Sofia, after talks with Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov.

Slovenia, Croatia border dispute smoulders on as deadline looms

Slovenia and Croatia failed to resolve a border dispute that has poisoned their relations in last-minute talks between their two prime ministers on Tuesday (19 December) and Slovenia said it would now implement an international court ruling which Zagreb dismisses as invalid.
Future EU 11-12-2017

Romania to hold first ‘democratic convention’ on future EU

Romania could become the first country to organise a debate in the spirit of the EU-wide ‘democratic conventions’ proposed by the French President Emmanuel Macron in his Sorbonne speech, according to statements by a Romanian Minister.
Central Europe 05-12-2017

Hungary: We face a ‘delicate mix’ of witch hunt and short trial

Hungary is convinced that the EU institutions are on the wrong side of history in the context of the migration crisis, Zoltán Kovács, the spokesperson of the Hungarian government, told journalists in Brussels on Monday (4 December). 
Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.
Freedom of thought 06-10-2017

Orban says Brussels bureaucrats under Soros influence

Hungary will defend its tough new laws on non-governmental groups all the way to the European Court as the EU legal action against it was barely worth discussing, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (6 October).
Economy & Jobs 04-10-2017

Bulgaria and Romania seek investors for big infrastructure projects

Bulgaria and Romania are on the lookout for investors in three big regional infrastructure projects, following a joint session of the heads of government on Tuesday (3 October), Bulgarian media reported.

Commission moves from mandatory refugee relocations to voluntary resettlement

The Commission on Wednesday (27 September) made no proposals to continue with the divisive mandatory refugee relocation system and instead focused on resettlement, which means taking candidate refugees from outside the EU, on a non-mandatory basis.

Leak: ‘Temporary’ internal Schengen border checks could last four years

The European Union's executive offered initial backing yesterday (14 September) to a Franco-German proposal to allow more permanent border checks within the bloc's Schengen free-travel zone.
Future EU 14-09-2017

Paris and Berlin don’t take Juncker’s ‘Union of equality’ seriously

European officials made positive comments on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’ s State of the Union speech on Wednesday (13 September), but several said he would face stiff opposition for countering "multi-speed Europe" by encouraging all states to join the euro.
Central Europe 13-09-2017

State of the Union: Juncker snubs Poland, overwhelms Romania, Bulgaria

Pro-European EU members Bulgaria and Romania were overwhelmed with attention in Commission President’s Jean-Claude Juncker State of the Union speech today (13 September). In contrast, Poland, l‘enfant terrible of the EU, was not mentioned a single time.

Stop your blackmail, Croatian PM tells Slovenia as tensions continue

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković urged fellow EU member Slovenia on Thursday (7 September) to stop its diplomatic "blackmail" related to a border issue between the two ex-Yugoslav republics and return to dialogue.
Enlargement 05-09-2017

Slovenia says it would be ‘very funny’ if Croatia joined Schengen

Slovenia on Monday (4 September) warned fellow EU member Croatia that failure to implement the Piran ruling will amount to a breach of the EU's rule of law.
Economy & Jobs 25-08-2017

Macron courts EU’s eastern leaders over posted workers, antagonises Poland

Snubbing Poland, French President Emmanuel Macron is touring eastern EU countries to gather support for tightening EU rules over the employment of cheap labour in other member states. But Warsaw said it would oppose this reform “to the very end”.
Global Europe 18-07-2017

Bolivia chases Schengen visa exemption

Bolivia wants visa-free travel for its citizens in the Schengen area and for Brussels to offer the same perks it does to other Latin American countries. EURACTIV Spain reports.