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Greater than a decade after becoming a member of the European Union, Romania and Bulgaria joined at the very least partially the remainder of the bloc’s members within the visa-free Schengen zone on Sunday.

Vacationers at the moment are capable of transfer between the 2 Jap European international locations and the remainder of the EU with out the necessity for passing via visa and passport management when touring by sea or air.

As a result of a veto by Austria, nevertheless, land routes aren’t included attributable to fears that it will allow non-EU migrants to extra simply enter different EU states.

“It is a nice success for each international locations,” President of the European Fee Ursula von der Leyen mentioned on Saturday.

“And a historic second for the Schengen space the most important space of free motion on this planet. Collectively, we’re constructing a stronger, extra united Europe for all our residents.”

The Schengen space is comprised of the 25 different EU member states together with non-EU states Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Romania has mentioned that it’s going to perform random checks to protect in opposition to false journey paperwork and and to fight human trafficking.

The 2 international locations hope to grow to be full members of the Schengen space by the tip of the yr. They’re the one two EU member states to not benefit from the full Schengen advantages. Even Croatia, which joined the bloc after Romania and Bulgaria, was accepted totally into the Schengen space in January final yr.

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