"An overwhelming majority of MEPs has voted for freer and safer movement within the Schengen area ensured with the leading role of the EU institutions and bodies. This is a right step in the federal direction and a duly needed positive signal towards EU citizens", UEF President Andrew Duff said.
On 11 June the European Parliament agreed on rules concerning the establishment of an evaluation mechanism to verify application of the Schengen acquis and on the temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders, proposed by the European Commission yet in September 2011.
"The decision of the European Parliament gives guarantees that the evaluation rules and their application will be the same for both Schengen members and candidate countries", UEF Vice-President Andrey Kovatchev stated. "We strongly urge the Council to stick to this line and ensure the accession of Bulgaria and Romania will be completed without delay", he added.
The Schengen area is a free movement area involving 22 EU countries where around 400 million European citizens have the right to move freely. Four countries outside the EU (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) also take part. Ireland and the UK are opting out.
There are still three EU members outside Schengen that are legally bound to join (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania).
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The Union of European Federalists (UEF), is a supranational political movement founded in 1946 dedicated to uniting Europe along federal lines.
Andrew Duff MEP, is UEF President since 2008. He co-chairs the European Parliament's Spinelli Group.
Andrey Kovatchev MEP, is chairman of the Union of European Federalists in Bulgaria and Vice-president of the UEF.