Around 1.4 billion people from over 60 countries around the world benefit from visa-free travel to the European Union. Starting at the end of 2022, these visa-exempt travellers will be required to apply for an ETIAS travel authorisation before they start their trip.
The EU will not be the first to introduce such a system: for many years now, visa-exempt travellers have had to apply for a travel authorisation to enter the US, Canada or Australia. Read More
With the Mayor of Athens Costas Bakoyannis was met on Tuesday, November 19, the advisor on immigration policy and organized crime, Jean Daniel Colombani.
The scheduled meeting was held at the Mayor’s office in Kotzia Square. The agenda of the discussion included Immigration – Refugee Issue, delinquency in the centre of Athens, as well as the organization of the Municipal Police through new technologies.Mr Colombani initially presented to the Mayor of Athens specific proposals on the above mentioned issues while they both agreed to meet again.
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Meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Culture, Tourism Development and International Relations of Lamia Municipality Amalia Pontika on Monday 18 November had the advisοr on immigration policy and organized crime, Jean Daniel Colombani. The meeting, which took place in a particularly warm climate due to their long-standing friendship, was held at Mr. Colombani’s political office in Agia Paraskevi.
Issues concerning the Municipal Authority of the region and especially to the citizens of Lamia were on the agenda of the debate. They exchanged views on cultural activities and there was also a discussion on the international relations of this municipality with other cities abroad. At the same time they focused on the Refugee – Migration issue, as Fthiotida has been home to a large number of immigrants for years. At the end of the meeting, Mr Colombani informed Mrs Pontika that his visit to Lamia would be accombanied by a tour to areas where refugees and immigrants reside.
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Mr. Moses Elisaf raised a new mayor of Ioannina.
Mr. Elisaf is now the first Jewish mayor of the country. In the 161 polling stations of the municipality of Ioannina, the percentage of his party, Mr. Moses Elisaf, reached 50.33% and the current mayor 49.67%. Read More
French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand’s premier Jacinda Ardern will host other world leaders and leading tech chiefs on Wednesday to launch an ambitious new initiative aimed at curbing extremism online.
The initiative, known as the ‘Christchurch call’, was pushed by Ardern after a self-described white supremacist gunned down 51 people in a massacre at two mosques in the New Zealand city in March, the country’s worst atrocity of recent times.
Participants will be asked to commit to pledges to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content on social media and other online platforms.
The political meeting will run in parallel to an initiative launched by Macron called ‘Tech for Good’ which will bring together 80 tech chiefs in Paris to find a way for new technologies to work for the common good.
The summit comes as there is a growing realisation that the current abuse of social media by extremists must be countered, after the Christchurch attacker broadcast live footage on Facebook from a head-mounted camera. Read More
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On April 3-4, NATO’s founding date, Allied foreign ministers of Greece And North macedonia convene in Washington, DC to commemorate achievements over the last seven decades, address the challenges facing the Alliance today, and highlight its enduring value and mission going forward.
The Obama Foundation hosted a town hall in Berlin, Germany with President Barack Obama and hundreds of emerging leaders from across Europe. The town hall continued the conversation about the importance of community leadership and civic engagement — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in their efforts.
On the 30th of March in Rabat, the Holy See Pope Francis visited King Mohammed VI, the leader of the faithful.
The meeting between the two religious leaders is historic. It helps to promote the values of brotherhood, peace and tolerance between peoples and nations and to consolidate interreligious dialogue, understanding and coexistence. It is a message that Muslims, Christians and Jews send to all mankind. The King and the Pope also signed the “Call of Jerusalem” aimed at preserving and promoting the specific multi-religious character, the spiritual dimension and the special identity of the holy city. A liturgy that was held this Saturday in the Rabat sports complex, hosting more than ten thousand faithful, witnesses religious courage and tolerance in Morocco