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Schengen Area is 27 years old

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Schengen Area 27 years old

The Schengen Agreement, which was signed in the Schengen town of Luxembourg on 14 June 1985 and entered into force in 1995, abolished border controls between many European countries and paved the way for free travel.

The Schengen Agreement, which provides free movement between European countries, is entering its 27th year at a time when the measures are starting to be lifted, while going through a troubled process for 2 years due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.

The Schengen Agreement, which was signed in the Schengen town of Luxembourg on 14 June 1985 and entered into force on 26 March 1995, abolished border controls between many European countries and paved the way for free travel.

Initially signed between Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, many European countries became involved over the years.

Schengen Area, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein consists of Norway and Switzerland.

Border practices between the aforementioned Schengen member 26 countries are not carried out under normal conditions. However, with the onset of the epidemic, this situation quickly changed.

Member states can close internal borders for reasons such as public safety and health. In order to prevent the spread of Kovid-19, many European countries have decided to close their borders.

According to the latest data from the EU Commission, France is currently implementing border control due to Kovid-19. For reasons other than the epidemic, Germany, France, Norway, Austria, Estonia, Sweden and Denmark are officially applying temporary border controls.

With the Kovid-19 epidemic, European countries quickly closed their borders. This situation threatened the Schengen Agreement, which formed the basis of the EU and provided free movement.

The cessation of free movement caused disruptions in the integrated supply chain of Europe and interruptions in the flow of goods and services.

In 2015, when there was an intense influx of refugees, European countries suspended Schengen and started to strictly control their borders, preventing the passage of asylum seekers.

Due to the Russia-Ukraine war, a large number of Ukrainian asylum seekers come to EU countries.

According to the data of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, between February 24 and March 22, 3 million 626 thousand 546 refugees from Ukraine, more than half of them to Poland, crossed into neighboring countries.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Ukraine to neighboring countries also pass through to other European countries.

It is noteworthy that, as in the previous refugee crisis, no restrictions were imposed on Ukrainians.

Kenta started his early career as a game developer, after working four years for an Dutch company, he stepped into web research and news technologies and became a web enthusiast, which made him start Amsterdamfox.com. Kenta loves animals and usually takes part in activities related to animal rights and welfare.

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

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AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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