EC continues to fully support Romania’s and Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen
The European Commission (EC) continues to fully support Romania’s and Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area, as well as the efforts of the EU Council Presidency in this direction, in the context in which this institution has not managed yet to adopt a decision on lifting the check-ups at the internal borders for these countries, mentions the third biannual report of the EC on the functioning of the Schengen area, released in Brussels, on Monday.
Moreover, the report notes that after the conclusions of the Council meeting of June 2011, according to which both Romania and Bulgaria met the criteria for the complete implementing of the Schengen aquis, there have been implemented measures meant to contribute to the accession of the two states to the free movement area.
According to the report covering the period November 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013, the Schengen area of free movement allows more than 400 million EU citizens from 26 European countries and an increasing number of non-EU citizens, to travel without internal border controls.
„Schengen is one of the most valued and concrete European achievements. It is widely cherished by EU’s citizens and makes a major contribution to our economic prosperity. The question of how we can strengthen our cooperation and safeguard free movement is extremely important. We owe it to our citizens to make sure Schengen remains an area without border controls,’ said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.