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EU dichter bij opnieuw opleggen visaverplichting voor burgers uit de westelijke Balkan

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“The [European] commission is free to decide whether or not the visa will become suspended, the key point is that this is not something that is compulsory for the commission,” Spanish conservative MEP Agustin Diaz de Mera, the parliament's point man in the talks, said on Monday (8 July). Short-stay visa requirements for the EU were recently lifted for five Balkan states, but an upsurge of reportedly unfounded asylum demands from the region prompted member states last year to pressure the European Commission to tackle the problem. Macedonia, ... Lees Meer »

Toetreding tot EU: de weg ernaartoe en de voordelen

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The road to EU membership Before joining the EU, Croatia had to align many of its rules and administrative procedures to those of the EU. For example, it has completely reformed its justice system and changed its constitution to guarantee public prosecutors’ independence. The government also set up a body to fight corruption. Other reforms included setting limits for greenhouse gas emissions and adapting standards on food safety. What’s in it for Croatians? Croatians now enjoy all the benefits of EU citizenship. If they get ill in ano... Lees Meer »

Waarschijnlijk stroom vluchtelingen voor Kroatië, asielsysteem echter niet op orde

business

“Zagreb should see the accession as an incentive to further improve rights protection, rather than a signal to slow down,” said Hugh Williamson, HRW Europe and Central Asia director on Friday (28 June). The Brussels-based Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) drew similar conclusions in a study out this week.The group found Croatian centres are under an additional strain because of a dysfunctional asylum system in Macedonia. “What happens in one country in the Balkans has consequences for the region,” said JRS Europe senior policy chief Stefan Kessle... Lees Meer »

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