Commissioner Johansson wants Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania to join Schengen
The Schengen area should be completed by allowing Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania to take their place in the borderless zone, said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.
According to her, this summer “Inspires us to fully restore freedom of movement and to prepare Schengen for the future so that our children can work, study and travel across Europe, anytime and anywhere they want”, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Johansson’s comments came during a debate on the annual report on Schengen, drafted by Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon (S&D).
The commissioner stressed that the Schengen zone should be restored by abolishing national border controls imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The virus is a real danger, but national border controls have not stopped and will not stop the virus. Only coordinated action will help us overcome this crisis ”, Johansson underlined in the European Parliament.
MEP Tanja Fajon underlined in the report the repeated introduction of border controls by the countries of the Schengen area, after 2015, in particular since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.
“The Schengen area should be fully functional now, even if in reality it is completely paralyzed. He is kept alive by apparata,», Underlined the Slovenian MEP in this regard.
Fajon said countries that implement border controls in an unjustified manner should be subject to additional measures.
Regarding the accession of Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania to the Schengen area, she said, “We do not accept a Europe which operates on two different levels.”
The European Commission has constantly demanded the accession of Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania to the Schengen area.
In May, Johansson said she wanted Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia to join the borderless zone while stressing that the EU must update and strengthen Schengen.
At the time, Johansson insisted that European Union member states open their borders once the coronavirus pandemic is under control. However, the accession of these three European countries to the Schengen area is not supported by countries like the Netherlands and France due to “The rule of law concerns. “
Romania and Bulgaria in 2007 became members of the European Union, but legal rule issues have prevented the two countries from becoming members of the Schengen area so far. The same problems are faced by Croatia, which joined the European Union in 2013, but it is still not a member of the borderless area.