The subject of accession is on the agenda of the Council of Justice and Internal Affairs (JAI) from December 5, being marked “possible” in terms of the vote, although Vienna has conveyed that it is still opposed to the expansion of the free movement zone.
December 5 is the last chance for Romania to enter Schengen this year PHOTO Shutterstock
The decision to request that the accession of Romania and Bulgaria be put on the agenda of the JAI council comes in the context in which the Spanish presidency of the EU, as well as the European Commission, have announced on several occasions that the two countries must be accepted in Schengen. Also, in July this year, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, which indirectly makes Austria a problem of the European Union, its veto being considered to hit the foundation of the community construction.
Beyond the fact that Romanian and Bulgarian citizens are discriminated against and the economic costs, MEPs draw attention that “the right of veto on the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area may lead to the emergence of an anti-European feeling in these countries, thus leading to a decrease in confidence in the project EU and in its institutions”.
Major political families support accession
The first resolution was adopted by those from the European Socialist Party (PES). “The social-democratic leaders from all over Europe approved today a resolution in which the support for Romania’s immediate accession to the Schengen area is also mentioned. The family of European social democrats was the strongest and strongest supporter of Romania at the European level”, to point out Marcel Ciolacu in a post on Facebook, almost two weeks ago.
The text of the resolution adopted by the European Social Democrats emphasizes that “more Europe also means protecting and strengthening one of the European Union’s greatest achievements: the Schengen Agreement”requesting the immediate admission of Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen area, “because both countries meet all the criteria’.
Last Tuesday, MEP Siegfried Mureșan announced that the EPP adopted a new resolution for the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to Schengen, urging all member parties to intensify their efforts in order to obtain accession as quickly as possible.
“The Political Assembly of the European People’s Party has just adopted a resolution, supported by the National Liberal Party and the UDMR, which calls for the fastest possible accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen Area. We, the Political Assembly of the EPP, the largest political family in Europe, request the Government of Austria to reconsider its position and accept the integration of Romania and Bulgaria into the Free Movement Area“, announced MEP Siegfried Muresan.
At the same time, the EPP urges all the parties that are part of the European political family to intensify their efforts in order to obtain the fastest possible accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area.