About: visa policy Archives

  • Commission to negotiate visa deal with US

    Transport 21-04-2008

    The EU executive has received the green light from the bloc's 27 interior ministers to negotiate a transatlantic agreement enabling visa-free travel for European citizens to the United States.

  • Western Balkans project launched while region ‘on the brink’

    Enlargement 11-04-2008

    The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), an initiative launched in February to promote regional cooperation in the Western Balkans, is hanging in the balance as the region hovers between resolving the conflicts it has inherited or a prolonged period of stagnation, according to RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic.

  • US gets own way in visa negotiations

    Security 14-03-2008

    Washington has not given in to pressure from the European Commission to negotiate an EU-wide visa waiver deal and will continue to strike bilateral agreements with individual member states, it emerged yesterday (13 March) after a meeting of EU and US justice officials.

  • EU divided ahead of US visa talks

    Justice & Home Affairs 13-03-2008

    EU and US justice officials will meet today (13 March) in an attempt to break a deadlock in talks on lifting visa restrictions for travellers from the EU. The meeting comes amid US moves to strike bilateral deals with several new member states, a manoeuvre which the Commission feels undermines EU negotiating powers. 

  • EU backs biometrics visa database

    Security 08-06-2007

    The European Parliament, on 7 June 2007, backed proposals to set up a European Visa Information System (VIS), set to be the world's largest biometric database. The text is the result of an agreement with Council so the legislative process has been completed at the first reading stage - however, detractors claim that the system heralds the ever-encroaching 'Big Brother' threat to citizen privacy, and the Conservatives have called for Britain to opt out.

  • Bush: ‘All EU citizens to be included in easy visa procedure’

    Security 29-11-2006

    US President George W. Bush has repeated his promises to extend the US-visa waiver programme to citizens of ten EU countries who still have to go through a lengthy application procedure when travelling to the US.

  • Visa facilitation for Balkans on track

    Security 14-11-2006

    On 13 November 2006, the Council gave the go-ahead for visa facilitation and re-admission mandates for the Western Balkans.

  • EU turns down Ukraine, but offers closer links

    Med & South 30-10-2006

    Ukraine met with a rebuff at the EU-Ukraine Summit, but more co-operation is foreseen in the areas of free trade, especially energy and visa facilitation.

  • US gives no credit to visa threat

    Security 14-09-2006

    Applying for visas ‘not a big deal’ says a senior US official in response to EU’s visa-requirement warning.

  • Visa sanctions for US diplomats on the cards

    Security 06-09-2006

    Retaliatory action for the US' delay in extending a visa waiver scheme is under consideration – there are no ‘second- or third-division Member States’, says Commission.

  • Bush to face EU visa demands

    Security 20-06-2006

    Commission President José Manuel Barroso will put pressure on US President George Bush to lift visa restrictions for EU citizens when both meet at the EU-US summit, on 21 June 2006, in Vienna. 

  • G5 meet to set stricter immigration controls

    Security 05-07-2005

    Interior ministers from Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, dubbed the G5, have met in France for talks on organised crime, drug trafficking and illegal immigration.