About: visa liberalisation

Enlargement 19-07-2018

EU Commission gives nod to Kosovo visa liberalisation

The European Commission said on Wednesday (17 July) that Kosovo has met the remaining benchmarks to win visa liberalisation with the EU that other Western Balkan countries already enjoy.
Global Europe 27-03-2018

Varna to become permanent venue for EU-Turkey talks

The Varna summit held on Monday (26 March) between EU institution leaders and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan failed to yield any notable outcomes. But Bulgaria's PM said the port city could become a permanent venue for future talks.
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.
Europe's East 11-05-2017

Visa-free travel for Ukrainians clears final hurdle

The European Council today (11 May) approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians, fulfilling a key promise to cement ties with Kyiv as it remains embroiled in a deadly conflict with Russian-backed rebels.

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.
Europe's East 28-02-2017

EU approves visa liberalisation for Georgia

The European Council yesterday (27 February) adopted a Commission proposal granting visa liberalisation for Georgia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Europe's East 10-02-2017

EU shells out €600m in Ukraine aid

The EU will give Ukraine €600 million to bolster government finances, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said today (10 February), as Kiev faces an upsurge in fighting with pro-Russian rebels.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Rasmussen: Ukraine ‘betrayed’ by EU over visa deal

Ukraine feels let down by the European Union for not keeping to a promise to give its citizens visa-free travel in the bloc, senior Ukrainian officials said.
Trade & Society 10-10-2016

Canada set to gradually grant Bulgarians visa-free travel

Canada will lift visa requirements for some Bulgarians in 2017, ahead of a full-scale scrapping of the system by mid 2018, according to the country’s government. Romania wants complete waivers for its citizens in 2017. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

CSU warns against Turkish visa liberalisation

Bundestag Vice-President Johannes Singhammer (CSU) has warned that refugee numbers would increase if plans to grant visa liberalisation to Turkey come to fruition. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 21-09-2016

Bulgaria and Romania inch closer to visa-free travel with Canada

Canada and Bulgaria have come to an agreement on a roadmap towards visa liberalisation, while the Romanian government indicated that there is a good chance of the same being granted to them in the near future as well. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Global Europe 09-08-2016

Erdogan threatens to end migration deal with Brussels, praises Putin

One day before a crucial meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told France's Le Monde newspaper that the migration deal with the EU might collapse if Brussels does not deliver its promise on visa waivers.
Armenia 18-05-2016

German resolution on Armenian genocide expected to sour Turkey relationsip

Turkey has long opposed the international recognition of the Armenian genocide and the German parliament's plans to finally grant it could spell trouble for Berlin's relations with Ankara. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

Turkey to abolish visas for Greek Cypriots as part of EU deal

Greek Cypriots will no longer require visas to visit Turkey under an EU-Turkey agreement on visa liberalisation, but this does not amount to Turkish recognition of Cyprus, a Turkish official said on today (3 May).

Vienna watchful over emergence of eastern Balkans refugee route

In Austria, the Turkey refugee deal has been met with scepticism. At the same time, Vienna is on the lookout for other routes that may be used by refugees to enter the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Europe's East 18-03-2016

Poroshenko vows to end political crisis, wins promise of visa-free travel

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tried to reassure the EU on Thursday (17 March) that his country would soon overcome a political crisis that has rattled Western lenders, and he won support for Kyiv's cherished goal of visa-free travel in Europe for its citizens.
Global Europe 17-03-2016

Leaders make second attempt to hammer out Turkey refugee deal

European Union leaders begin a difficult summit today (17 March) to push for a crucial agreement with Turkey to curb the continent's massive migration crisis despite threats by Cyprus to sink the deal.

Merkel: Turkish EU-membership ‘not on the agenda’

Angela Merkel stressed Wednesday that brokering a deal with Turkey will "demand a lot from us" and sought to quell domestic fears that EU membership would be offered to Ankara ,during a speech in the Bundestag ahead of a decisive European Council summit,  EURACTIV Germany reports.

Collective expulsions under draft EU-Turkey migrant plan ‘illegal’: UN

The United Nations' human rights chief voiced alarm Thursday over a draft deal between the EU and Ankara that could see "illegal" collective expulsions of migrants from Greece to Turkey."

Merkel-Davutoglu wheeling-dealing wrecks EU summit

The EU summit which ended this morning (8 March) failed to reach a deal with Turkey to stem the unprecedented migrant crisis, as many heads of state and government opposed German Chancellor Merkel's attempt to impose her own deal with Ankara.

EU ‘long way from satisfied’ with Turkish migrant cooperation

The EU is far from satisfied with Turkey's cooperation in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe after a deal clinched late last year, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said today (7 January).

EU and Turkey agree on €3 billion refugee deal

The leaders of the 28 EU member states, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davuto?lu, agreed on Sunday (29 November) on a deal to stem the flow of refugees to Europe, coupled with an unfreezing of accession negotiations, and an initial €3 billion assistance package.
Europe's East 05-11-2015

No lifting of the visa barrier for Ukrainians, says Juncker

The European Union wants Ukraine to pass a set of judiciary and human rights reforms before granting Ukrainian citizens visa-free access to the 28 countries of the bloc, the head of the EU Commission told Ukraine's President in a letter today (5 November).

Turkey’s Erdogan calls the shots at EU summit

Faced with a refugee crisis they seem unable to control, EU leaders last night (15 October) tried to accommodate ambitious demands by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, just two weeks before crucial elections in Turkey.

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