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Nikolai Atanassov

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EU asylum, borders and external cooperation on migration: Recent developments

The unprecedented arrival of refugees and irregular migrants in the EU, which peaked in 2015, exposed a series of deficiencies and gaps in EU policies on asylum, external borders and migration. Continue reading

Revision of the Community Code on Visas [EU Legislation in Progress]

The European Union Code on Visas is one of the core elements of the EU’s visa policy. It lays down the procedures and conditions for issuing short-stay visas for third-country nationals. Continue reading

Use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a large-scale information database that supports external border control and law enforcement cooperation in the Schengen states. Continue reading

Revision of the Schengen Information System for border checks [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a large-scale information database that supports external border control and law enforcement cooperation in the Schengen states. Continue reading

Revision of the Schengen Information System for law enforcement [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a large-scale information database that supports external border control and law enforcement cooperation in the Schengen states. Continue reading

The right to petition the European Parliament

Written by Nikolai Atanassov The right to petition the European Parliament (EP) was formally set out in the Maastricht Treaty as one of the rights of European Union citizenship. Parliament’s predecessors, from the beginnings of the Communities in the 1950s, had already recognised the importance of receiving petitions from citizens, and this has become a … Continue reading

Accountability of EU regulatory agencies

Written by Nikolai Atanassov A wide range of EU agencies have been set up to implement policy in specific fields, with the aim of simplifying procedures, ensuring cost-effectiveness, bringing outsourced activities closer to the final beneficiaries and improving visibility of the EU. A number are executive agencies directly supervised by the Commission, but the many … Continue reading

The first plenary session of 2015

Written by Nicole Zandi MEPs will head to Strasbourg for the first plenary session of the year, to be held between 12 and 15 January. There is still little legislative work on the agenda, as the new Commission settles into its new term, yet a variety of topics have been scheduled for discussion. On Monday, … Continue reading

Election of the European Ombudsman

Written by Nikolai Atanassov The European Parliament is set to elect the European Ombudsman for the new parliamentary term. The only candidate is Emily O’Reilly, who was elected Ombudsman last year to see out the remainder of the term of Nikiforos Diamandouros, following his early retirement in 2013. What does the European Ombudsman do? The … Continue reading

L’initiative citoyenne européenne

Updated in February 2015 Written by Anna Dimitrova-Stull and Nikolai Atanassov Premier instrument de démocratie participative transnationale au monde, l’initiative citoyenne européenne (ICE) a été instaurée en 2009 par le Traité de Lisbonne. Elle vise à permettre aux Européens de participer plus activement à la vie démocratique de l’Union européenne (UE) et à renforcer la … Continue reading

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