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The European Commissionaire Ylva Johansson requires the accession of Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania in the Schengen Area

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The European Commissionaire for domestic affairs Ylva Johansson said on Tuesday that the Schengen Area should be re-established by lifting the domestic border checks, imposed to limit the spreading of the Covid-19 pandemics, and it should be completed by Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania accessing the Area as members, says Hina.

‘The virus is a real danger, but the domestic boarder checks did not stop and will not stop the virus. Only a coordinated action will help us to overcome this crisis’ stated Johansson in front of the European Parliament, reunited in plenary session in Strasbourg.

‘Let the beginning of the summer, the summer of 2021, this summer of freedom inspire us to re-establish freedom of movement completely and make Schengen prepared for the future so that our children may work, study and travel in the whole of Europe, anytime and anywhere they want. And let us complete the Schengen Area: it is time for Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania to take their place’ said Ylva Johansson in a debate on the annual report regarding Schengen, drawn up by the Slovene MEP Tanja Fajon (S&D),

Tanja Fajon referred in the report to the frequent introduction of domestic border checks in the Schengen Area after 2015, especially since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemics.

‘The Schengen Area should be completely functional now, although in reality it is completely paralysed. It is kept alive by apparata’ said the Slovene MEP.

She added that measures should be implemented against the countries which break the rules and impose border checks in an unjustified manner.

Similarly, Fajon spoke about the accession of Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania in the Schengen Area. ‘ We do not accept Europe which functions at two different levels’ the MEP rapporteur  said.

In June, the European Commission required the extension of the Schengen Area by the accession of Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania which meet all technical conditions for accessing the Single European Space for free circulation.

The Schengen Area is made up of 26 countries, including four states which are not in the European Union : Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. All EU member states belong to the Schengen Area with the exception of Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Cyprus and Ireland.

 

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