EU: European System for Travel Authorisation on the way

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"The European Commission is preparing a proposal inspired by France and Germany to introduce a “European ESTA” modelled on a US scheme requiring international travellers who do not need a visa to apply online – and pay a $14 fee – before entering the territory, can confirm.

A legislative draft will be tabled “in the autumn”, probably in November, EU sources told EurActiv.

Paris and Berlin have been pushing for the scheme, which would introduce a pan-European system for international travellers wishing to enter EU territory.

The proposal comes amid heightened security concerns following deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last November and subsequent bombings in Brussels in March."

See: Brussels prepares EU-wide scheme for visa-free travel authorisation (EurActiv, link)

And: Migration: discussions on the "Central Mediterranean Route", EU Travel Information and Authorisation System; Visa Code negotiations (Statewatch News Online, May 2016)

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