The European Parliament (EP) adopted on October 17 another resolution on the Schengen membership of Romania and Bulgaria, recommending the two countries for admission into the free-travel area “without delay.” The resolution was adopted with 547 votes in favour, 49 votes against, and 43 abstaining.
The MEPs say the Council should adopt a decision on Romania and Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area by the end of 2022. According to the European Parliament, this “should ensure the abolition of checks on persons at all internal borders for both countries in early 2023.”
Schengen is a border-free area that guarantees free movement to more than 400 million EU citizens and non-EU nationals. Today, the Schengen Area encompasses most EU countries, except for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania. Non-EU states Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are also part of the Schengen area.