Border free travel is one of the great success stories of the European Union and it is only right that all citizens have the chance to benefit from it.
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Have your say on the enlargement of the Schengen area and of the European Union itself!
I fully support the Schengen system and I hope that it continues to benefit European citizens for many years to come. I also support the enlargement of the EU and believe that new members should be integrated into the Schengen system in the same way that existing members already are.
However, I feel that over the last few years, Schengen has become ammunition for the eurosceptic Right across Europe. Whether in the context of the refugee crisis or the debate about immigration, it becomes a reason to attack the European project. I feel that the Socialists and Democrats are in a position to defend the advantages of the Schengen system. I wonder how we could go about doing this?
I fully support the Schengen system and hope that European citizens can continue to benefit from it for many years to come. I also believe that the new members of the EU should be integrated into the system in the same way that existing members already are.
However, I do feel that it has become ammunition for the Eurosceptic Rght in recent years. Whether in the context of the refugee crisis or the immigration debate in general, the right have used it as a reason to attack the European project.
We in the Socialists and Democrats have to combat this. I wonder, what is the best way to go about this?
The S&D Group has demanded, in a letter addressed to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk to take all the necessary steps to enable Bulgaria and Romania to join the Schengen area.
In the letter, S&D Group President Gianni Pittella said:
“Our Group has long been calling for the Schengen area to be extended to include Romania and Bulgaria. Both countries meet the relevant criteria set out by the European Commission, as was clearly recognised by president Juncker in his State of the Union address and openly stated in yesterday’s recommendation to the EU Council.
“Border free travel is one of the great success stories of the European Union and it is only right that all citizens have the chance to benefit from it. We urge European Council president Donald Tusk to take the necessary steps to enable both countries to finally become full members of the Schengen area without further delay. It is high time Romanians and Bulgarians stopped being treated as second class European citizens.”