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Asylum: Shortcomings in existing common standards

The European Commission report on the application of the Directive on minimum standards on procedures for granting and withdrawing refugee status published today shows that procedural guarantees still vary considerably across the EU...


Towards a full short-stay visa waiver for European citizens to Brazil

Today the Commission adopted draft decisions on signature and conclusion of the short-stay visa waiver agreements with Brazil for holders of ordinary passports and for holders of diplomatic, service and official passports. Existing bilateral agreements between Brazil and EU countries will remain in place...


US Interim Electronic System for Travel Authorisation rule publishe

Today the U.S. Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection announced the publication of the interim rule on a Travel Promotion Fee and a Fee for Use of the System of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which will become effective on 8 September 2010...


2009 report on EURODAC issued

The 2009 annual report on the activities of EURODAC (the EU wide biometric tool which helps determine which Member State is responsible for examining an asylum claim), was published today by the Commission...


Crisis management and Fight against terrorism

The temporary staff (AD8) will act as an independent overseer, appointed by the European Commission, and will be responsible for the oversight and monitoring mission as required by Article 12 of the agreement between the European Union and the Unites States of America on the processing and transfer of financial messaging data from the European Union to the United States for the purposes of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (EU-US TFTP agreement)...