Schengen Internal Border Controls: Council Agrees Negotiating Mandate on the Amendment of the Schengen Borders Code

On 19 June 2018, EU ambassadors endorsed, on behalf of the Council, a mandate for negotiations on a proposal amending the Schengen border code as regards temporary reintroduction of controls at internal borders. On the basis of this mandate, the Council Presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament once the latter has adopted its position.

Instead of visas, EU to introduce "EUR 7 ticket" for Balkans

The price of this travel authorization will be seven euros.

Beta agency said it received confirmation that "although they do not need visas, citizens will have to pay a seven-euro fee within the framework of measures that should come into force in 2021, which are introduced due to the need for more stringent oversight of the EU's external borders."

Germany lifts border checks on flights from Greece, report says

German authorities have lifted border checks on flights coming from Greece, ARD television said citing an AFP report.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has reportedly informed the European Commission of the decision, while announcing a six-month extension of checks at the Austrian border.

Austria Supported the Accession of Bulgaria to Schengen

''We are glad that we have the opportunity to support Bulgaria for its accession to the Schengen area. There is no country in Europe that has invested so much in protecting the external borders.

This was stated by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz in a joint statement with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at Boyana Residence.

PM Dancila meets Dutch ambassador Ronner-Grubacic to discuss lifting Romania's CVM monitoring

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday welcomed Dutch ambassador in Romania Stella Ronner-Grubacic, on a courtesy call, addressing lifting monitoring Romania's progress with judiciary reform and the fight against corruption under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).