Schengen will have to wait

3 10 2011

Finland and Netherlands blocked Sept. 22 the entry of Bulgaria and Romania into the passport-free Schengen area.  Thegoverments of Finland and Netherlands argue that for an efficient entry into Schengen, both countrie
s should improve the judiciary system, fighting corruption and organized crime. The blocked is not definitive; the issue will be discussed again at the EU summit to be held this month.

When Bulgaria and Romania joined to the European Union in 2007, the EU members promised them a place in Schengen. However, some members consider these two countries aren´t ready to open their borders to the rest EU. Jerzy Miller,

Interior Minister of Poland –whose country holds the EU´s rotating presidency,-  have declared that Bulgaria and Romania had made “huge progress”. But it seems there still are not enough improvements, at least that´s the opinion of Finland and Netherlands.

“Imagine you have a door with eight of the best locks in the world. But before that door is standing someone who lets everybody in, then you have a problem,” said Dutch Immigration Minister Gerd Leers.

Most of members support the integration in two phases without preset dates. A first step would involve the opening of air and sea borders. And second, open the land borders.

It´s not the first time European Union have had problems with Schengen area this year. France and Italy tried to limit the freedom to travel inside Europe at the beginning of the year, when a lot of immigrants from Tunisia arrived to the Italian coast.

In the image below you can check the current situation of Schengen area:

I was in one of Bulgarian´s borders last week. Especifically in the frontier with Turkey where you have to pass a lot of controls. It was a really annoying experience.

You can hear below the opinion of Andrej Hocevar, one of the persons who was travelling with me.

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