’Show us reform and we’ll give you a visa’

first_imgBalkan countries are also acutely conscious that while they are obliged to complete the roadmaps, the EU has not made any promises. Full compliance is a precondition for obtaining any chance of visa-free access to the EU, but it is not a guarantee that it will happen. As a Serbian official put it, “visa liberalisation is at the end of the day a political decision, in that respect no one is promising anything”. The roadmaps say only that, once the criteria are fulfilled, the Commission will “consider the possibility to present a proposal” to member states that visa obligations should be lifted. The Commission has presented almost all western Balkan countries with a list of conditions which must be implemented before any relaxation in the current obligations for their citizens to obtain visas to visit the EU. These so-called roadmaps set out requirements for more secure travel documents, tighter border controls and more effective action against illegal migration and organised crime. The only countries not covered are Croatia, which already benefits from visa-free access, and Kosovo, which is subject to special arrangements because not all EU member states recognise its independence. But the roadmaps are also being used to lever broader improvements in the approach to law enforcement and judicial co-operation in the region. Bosnia and Herzegovina, for example, is required to observe “constitutional provisions on protection of minorities”, which includes Roma, and to “take measures aimed at improving the efficiency of judicial co-operation in criminal matters of judges and prosecutors with the EU member states”. A Macedonian official says that his government has been “really disappointed” at the broad requirements, noting in particular an obligation to deliver progress reports on the equal representation of ethnic groups in public administration. After NATO’s recent refusal to agree a membership action plan for Macedonia, there should, he said, “be some positive sign from the EU, at least for the population”. last_img read more

James Fisher Buys Mojo Maritime

first_imgJames Fisher has acquired of the entire share capital of Mojo Maritime Limited (MML).According to reports, the initial consideration is £3.2m in cash, plus potential future consideration of £0.3m if the earnings before interest and taxation are £0.65m or greater for the year ending 31 December 2015.Founded in Falmouth ten years ago by Richard Parkinson, CEO, MML is a specialist provider of consultancy and design services in the offshore renewable energy sector. The Company is involved in foundation design, installation methodology and project planning, as well as designing and developing products, some of which have been patented, aimed at reducing risk and cost of working offshore.Richard Parkinson and his team will all continue with the Company.MML has a sub-contract with James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) for approximately £1.2m under which MML and JFMS are working closely together on the construction phase of the MeyGen Inner Sound tidal project.MML has also entered into a licence agreement with a company owned by the selling shareholders through which they will benefit from a one third share of licence fees for the construction of up to 10 high performance dynamic positioning vessels for offshore wind farm construction and maintenance.Nick Henry, Chief Executive Officer of James Fisher, said: “The acquisition of MML will strengthen our expertise and abilities in servicing the offshore renewables sector. We are delighted to welcome Richard and his team to our Group.”last_img read more

“They come second” – Journalist makes clear Liverpool can beat club…

first_imgCiro Venerato, a journalist for Italian agency RAI, spoke to CalcioNapoliTV on Monday and delivered some uncomfortable truths about the club’s potential transfer business. Napoli are currently seventh in Serie A and there’s a real crisis situation around the club, with Carlo Ancelotti’s position already coming under threat.Some fans are looking towards the January window as a time to solve problems, yet Venerato, who covers the Naples club, has insisted the issues won’t be solved with signings.Having dampened those hopes, he then proceeded to throw a bucket of cold water over ideas of signing Sander Berge… because of Liverpool.Berge, a 21 year old midfielder, has been impressing for Genk this season and recently received praise from Jurgen Klopp. There’s been repeat links with Liverpool and Venerato explained there’s no way Napoli would be able to compete against the Reds.CalcioNapoli quote him as saying: “Berge? If Napoli goes for a player stalked by Liverpool, they come second. It is well known that there are major clubs in the world. They like Berge, but I don’t know if he will come.”The youngster is unlikely to move during the January window, with his continued development being the most important thing right now.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more