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PostSubject: Schengen Zone   Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:11 am

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and Bulgaria blocked from joining Schengen zone
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EU harmonises Schengen visa rules
Balkan states' travel to EU eased
France and Germany have decided to block Bulgaria and Romania from joining the Europe's passport-free travel zone.

The French and German interior ministers said it was "
premature"
to let them join Schengen in March 2011.

They said Bulgaria and Romania needed to make "
irreversible progress"
in the fight against corruption and organised crime.

Romania condemned the decision, while Bulgaria promised to "
do its utmost"
to remove doubts about its membership.

French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux and his German counterpart, Thomas de Maiziere, raised their objections in a letter to European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem, AFP news agency reported.

Experts from EU states who visited Romania and Bulgaria are due to present a report in January that will be used by governments to make a decision on Romanian and Bulgarian membership, but it must be agreed by the Schengen members in unanimity.

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Grave consequences"


A spokesman for Germany's interior ministry said there had also been a lack of progress by Romania and Bulgaria in reforming their judiciary, Associated Press news agency reported.

The spokesman said those deficits could have "
grave consequences for the European Union's security"
and raised concerns about an "
overly swift"
adhesion to the Schengen area.

Romanian President Traian Basescu said: "
I believe that the Franco-German letter sent to the European Commission is an act of discrimination against Romania."


Bulgarian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Vessela Tcherneva told AFP: "
We are aware that the political situation in some EU member countries is complicated. For that reason, we will do our utmost to remove any doubts, including in the areas of the judicial system and society as a whole."

The Schengen zone is made up of 25 European countries - the 27 EU members, minus the UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus;
plus three non-EU nations - Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:50 am

The European Union has dashed the hopes of Bulgaria and Romania to join passport-free zone, saying there is no consensus on letting them in.

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There will be no vote, and no decision"
at talks on their bid to join due to be held Thursday in Brussels, a source in the EU's current Irish presidency said, as cited by AFP.

The talks will gather the bloc's 27 interior ministers and those of four non-EU nations also in the so-called Schengen zone -- Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

"
There is no consensus for now"
to expand the Schengen area to Romania and Bulgaria as "
several nations have reserves or concerns,"
said the Irish source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Joining the passport-free area requires a unanimous vote from its current 26 members. Of the 27 EU states, Britain, Cyprus and Ireland have not applied to join.
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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:59 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:03 am

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Express: Romania, Bulgaria to Use Migrant Crisis to Gain Free Movement in EU - Romania and Bulgaria are planning to use the migrant crisis, trading their approval of quotas for access to the Schengen borderless area, the Daily Express has claimed.

Citing an agreement between the two respective PMs, Boyko Borisov and Victor Ponta ahead of a meeting of EU interior and justice ministers, a report reads that both believe their countries should be granted access to Schengen as part of the response to the migrant crisis.

"Schengen is as essential to Europe as the Economic and Monetary Union is," the daily quotes Bulgaria's Deputy PM Meglena Kuneva as saying.

Even though the Bulgarian official reportedly pointed to the dropped resistance of member states to accepting Bulgaria and Romania into Schengen.

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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:11 pm

I wonder what impact Britain coming out of the EU will have regarding the Schengen zone ??????
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PostSubject: subject   Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:21 pm

Being as Britain is not part of the zone, I can't see it having any impact at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:48 am

justbazz wrote:
Being as Britain is not part of the zone, I can't see it having any impact at all.

As stated by Baz it won't make any difference at all as GB isn't part of the agreement.
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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:28 pm

A question, If the UK come out of the European Union does that mean that to get a job here, one would need a work permit. If it did there would not be any football teams in the Premier league
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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:00 pm

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A question, If the UK come out of the European Union does that mean that to get a job here, one would need a work permit. If it did there would not be any football teams in the Premier league

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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:59 pm

At present British citizens can easily move to another EU country, with citizens of EU countries equally free to move to the UK. There are 1.73 million EU nationals living in the UK, 79 percent of whom are in employment, according to the April-June 2014

If Britain were to ‘Brexit’ as it were, the worst case scenario see UK citizens having to satisfy more restrictive rules on getting a work permit, setting up a business, studying and bringing family members to join them in EU member states. While it’s of course true that the British government could potentially negotiate trade pacts – half of UK trade is within the EU – and lenient borders, it’s likely that a bruised EU would put up some resistance. Britons living abroad for over 15 years will not be entitled to vote in the referendum, meaning that the Britons most affected by the outcome will not be able to have their say. If British nationals were able to remain resident in their chosen countries, they would most likely have to renegotiate deals on health care and insurance. 624,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year to September 2014, the majority of which – 292,000 – came from outside the EU and would already have been subject to complex visa restrictions. Some 251,000 people moved to Britain under the EU’s looser free movement rules, an increase of 43,000 over the previous 12 months. It’s still unclear how the latter group would be treated if Britain were to leave the EU. Many are saying that Britain may leave its borders open in exchange for access to the open market. However, until such an agreement could be negotiated, UK immigration would have to rely on British national law, making moving to the UK considerably harder than it is currently. It’s likely that British immigration controls could then ‘cherry-pick’ its immigrants, giving preference perhaps to say French and German immigrants, with Romanians and Bulgarians getting a far shoddier deal. If borders are reinstated, the boundary between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland would become the most permeable entry point into the UK. Reinstating passport controls at the Northern Irish border would be distressingly analogous to its troubled recent past.
The future of course remains to be seen, and the onus lies on the British voter to make the final decision. The next two years will be ones to watch.
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PostSubject: Re: Schengen Zone   Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:26 pm

T Andy. Very interesting reading and grateful for your views and information
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