They demand stricter border controls at external borders
At the end of 2022, Austria decided to veto the accession of both countries to Schengen. The Austrians are adamant and want road border controls with Bulgaria and Romania to remain in force. The current agreement means, in particular, that the passports of passengers flying to the Schengen countries from Romania and Bulgaria will in the future be checked only by airlines before boarding the plane, instead of by state officials.
It is not yet known when the full accession of both countries to Schengen could occur. For years, Austria has been criticizing the high number of irregular migrants on the so-called Balkan route and demanding better protection of the EU’s external borders.
The Schengen Agreement was originally signed in June 1985 by Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. To date, the so-called Schengen area includes 23 of the 27 EU member states, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Romania and Bulgaria have been EU member states since 2007. Slovakia joined the Schengen zone in 2007.
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