COVID-19: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

COVID-19: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

19 March 2020
EU Leaders agreed to temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU area for 30 days. Any possible prolongation of this period should be assessed depending on further developments. The temporary travel restriction foresees exemptions for nationals of all EU Member…
New EU visa rules

New EU visa rules

03 February 2020
New EU rules on short-stay visas apply worldwide from 2 February 2020. They make it easier for legitimate travellers to apply for a visa to come to Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business, while providing more resources for countering irregular migration risks and threats to internal…
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European Commission and International Monetary Fund strengthen cooperation to support sustainable development

29 January 2020
European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen,on behalf of the European Union, and International Monetary Fund's Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva concluded a new Financial Framework Partnership Agreement that will boost their cooperation to tackle key challenges including climate change…
International Migrants Day: statement of the European Commission and the High Representative

Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative on the occasion of International Migrants Day 2019

18 December 2019
On the occasion of International Migrants Day on 18 December, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement: ” Throughout its history, the European continent has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by migration. Some people move in search of safety, new…
EU at the Global Refugee Forum

EU at the Global Refugee Forum

16 December 2019
The European Union is represented at the first Global Refugee Forum, taking place in Geneva from 16-18 December, by Commissioners for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič, for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, and for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen. Co-hosted by the United…
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Speech by President von der Leyen on the occasion of the COP25 in Madrid

03 December 2019
In ten days from now, the European Commission will present the European Green Deal. Our goal is to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050. If we want to achieve that goal, we have to act now, we have to implement our policies now. Because we know that this transition needs a generational…
European Agenda on Migration

European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating

16 October 2019
Ahead of the October European Council, the Commission is reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019. The Commission also set out those areas where work must continue to address current…
EU adopts conclusions on democracy

Democracy: EU adopts conclusions

14 October 2019
On Monday, 14 October, the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on democracy. The Council notes that in today's world, democracy is being challenged and called into question. While democracy remains strong in many countries, in others there is a growing trend towards authoritarianism.…
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European Training Foundation: Skills dimensions of migration to promote decent employment for all

04 September 2019
In 2017 an estimated 258 million people were living in a country other than their country of birth, up from 173 million in 2000 and often they do not enjoy decent work conditions. Moreover, the simultaneous inflows and outflows of migration are experienced today by more countries. In this context…
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2020 EU budget: Council supports continued focus on growth, innovation, security and migration

03 September 2019
The Council wants the EU's budget to continue to focus on strengthening the European economy and boosting its competitiveness. Other priorities include ensuring sufficient funding for migration and the protection of the EU's external borders, strengthening civil protection, tackling climate change…