Commissioner Hahn is hopeful about Romania’s and Bulgaria’s chances to join the Schengen zone. European Commission officials consider easing EU state aid rules in response to US subsidies. As of last week, Sweden is home to the EU’s first-ever satellite launch site on mainland territory. Illegal entries into the EU are reaching peak levels not seen since 2016.
Every summer, tourists used to spend hours stuck in traffic jams on the border with Croatia. This will soon be a thing of the past. The Adriatic country is going to join the Schengen area without border controls as early as 2023. But for Bulgaria and Romania, the borderless dream has not come true yet.
Amid the French-Italian controversy over migrants, Brussels wants to combat illegal migration in the Central Mediterranean with a new action plan. However, the greater challenge is bound to be what is probably the most active migratory route in Europe – the Western Balkans.
The EU’s Vice-President Frans Timmermans has shown disappointment about the results of the COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh. The British government denies reports about seeking closer ties with Brussels. The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called an emergency meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of Kosovo, over the license plate crisis, and Croatia is worried that Austria won’t agree to its Schengen access.
The EU member states have reportedly agreed to establish training programs for Ukrainian forces. Furthermore, MEPs discuss expanding the Schengen zone, the EU supports Bosnia and Herzegovina in dealing with irregular migration, border security, and human trafficking. And a plan for a “gas price corridor” has been drafted by four EU countries.