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June 21, 2023

Romanian MEP Says A Legal Battle at EU Court of

The only way for Romania to become part of the borderless area of Schengen is through proceedings at the EU Court of Justice, Romanian Member of European Parliament Eugen Tomac (EPP/PMP) has said.

Tomac also emphasized that the issue is not included on the agenda of the EU Justice and Home Affairs meeting in Luxembourg, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to a report by Euractiv, the Council will discuss the overall state of the Schengen Zone based on the Commission’s State of Schengen Report for this year. The same says that the Council will also define priorities for the following 12 months and also discuss monitoring visa-free regimes.

Tomac said that in spite of the promise made by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Ulf Kristersson, during the plenary session of the European Parliament that both Romania and Bulgaria’s assession to the EU’s Schengen Zone would be a significant objective of Sweden’s presidency, the most crucial decision regarding the elimination of borders for both countries are missing.

In addition, he considered that the only way for the Balkan country to become part of the Schengen Zone is through a process initiated before the EU Court of Justice.

“It is our right, and we will do justice for ourselves,” he pointed out.

In February this year, Tomac filed a case against the Council of the EU before the European Union Court based on the Council not accepting the Balkan country as a Schengen zone member on December 8 last year.

In order for Romania to become part of Schengen, unanimity from EU Interior Ministers is required.

In December last year, mentioning illegal border crossing concerns, Austria and the Netherlands didn’t back the accession of Romania to the Schengen Zone.

Last month, the European Union Parliament President, Roberta Metsola, said she wants to convince authorities in Austria regarding the further expansion of the Schengen Zone.

“Eleven years ago, the EU Commission and the EU Parliament welcomed the membership of Romania and Bulgaria in the Schengen area. I understand that Austria has concerns, but I want to convince them that we can find a way out,” Metsola stressed, according to Plus 24 reports.

As for illegal border entries to EU countries’ concerns, Metsola expressed her hopes that an agreement in this regard will soon be reached.

Romania became an official member of the European Union on January 1, 2007, and since then, it has been waiting for its accession to the EU’s visa-free travel zone, however, despite the fact that it met all the needed conditions, it is still waiting for such a process to be finalized.