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Romania and Bulgaria enter the Schengen Area

Romania and Bulgaria enter the Schengen Area

News of a political agreement appeared in the Romanian press

Concerning the expansion of the Schengen area with Romania and Bulgaria.

Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciulacu in a Facebook post Certain The reality of the agreement – but this requires two more formal approvals: one in the EU Interior and Justice Council at ministerial level, and then in the European Council, where EU member states are represented at the level of heads of state. And the government. To achieve political agreement in a decision Approval of all EU member states is required, In this regard, negotiations will continue tomorrow.

According to Ciolaco, “From March next year, Romanians will enjoy the benefits of the Schengen Area by air and sea“But neither the Romanian Interior Ministry nor the position of Prime Minister Marcel Ciulacu has been announced It does not include an agreement on a specific date for the abolition of land borders. Ciolaco's statement stated that negotiations are underway in this regard.About to close in 2024“, which does not necessarily mean that the borders will also be opened in 2024.

As a prelude to the current declaration, the Austrian Interior Minister confirmed in mid-December that they were willing to accept Bulgaria and Romania into the so-called Schengen Air, something the Bulgarians were not entirely happy about at the time. This has been revealed in recent weeks The accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen Area will take place in two stages: That is, they now only get the right to freedom of air and sea movement, and later land border control will be abolished; Earlier in 1997, Austria also joined the Schengen Area in this way, following German protests.

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