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Romania and Bulgaria be part of the Schengen space

Romania and Bulgaria had already joined the EU in 2007.  Photo: epa Vassil Donev/EPA/dpa

Romania and Bulgaria had already joined the EU in 2007. photograph

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Bulgaria and Romania have lengthy been attempting to affix the Schengen space, the place residents can usually transfer with out controls. Now all EU states are giving the inexperienced mild.

The border-free Schengen space in Europe is rising. The EU international locations agreed on Saturday to increase the realm to incorporate Romania and Bulgaria, because the Spanish Presidency introduced on the X platform, previously Twitter. Accordingly, private controls on the inside air and sea borders must be lifted from the top of March 2024. According to info, a call can be made later about lifting controls at land borders.

The Schengen space is meant to make sure unrestricted motion of individuals in Europe. So far, 23 of the 27 EU member states in addition to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have belonged to it.

The overseas ministers of the brand new Schengen states additionally expressed their delight on the EU international locations’ choice on Platform X. It is an “important result” for the residents of Romania, wrote Foreign Minister Luminiţa Odobescu. “Our thanks go to all EU partners and institutions for their support,” Odobescu continued. Romania stays dedicated to a “strong and secure Schengen area”.

The Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Maria Gabriel wrote on the platform that the Schengen space would grow to be stronger with Bulgaria and Romania.

Vienna rejected the international locations’ accession for a very long time

The admission of the 2 EU international locations Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen space had thus far failed, primarily on account of resistance from Austria. The authorities in Vienna justified the rejection by saying that too many unregistered migrants had been arriving. New members can solely be accepted unanimously. Romania and Bulgaria had been ready for the choice since 2011.

The EU Commission welcomed the choice of the EU international locations. The accession of Romania and Bulgaria will promote journey, commerce and tourism and additional strengthen the inner market. The president of the Brussels authority, Ursula von der Leyen, mentioned it was an essential step ahead for each international locations and for the Schengen space as a complete. This nice achievement is the results of the laborious work, dedication and perseverance of each international locations.

Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007

All EU member states will grow to be full members of the Schengen space as quickly as they’re prepared. This is each a proper and an obligation.

Romania and Bulgaria had already joined the EU in 2007. Until September, the judiciary and the rule of regulation there have been beneath particular surveillance by the EU Commission on account of rampant corruption and arranged crime. Because of those issues, there was no unanimity among the many heads of state and authorities for accession for a very long time. In mid-September, the authority formally ended the particular surveillance and mentioned Romania and Bulgaria had been prepared for membership.

The Foreign Office in Berlin congratulated the 2 international locations on Saturday night. “Europe is moving closer together today,” mentioned a submit on Germany continues to work in direction of this.