European Parliament debates Romania and Bulgaria Schengen accession

Members of the European Parliament will debate on Tuesday the extension of Europe’s borderless Schengen zone to the newest members of the EU club, Bulgaria and Romania.

The MEPs will vote on Wednesday.

Two possibilities are reportedly on the table: a decision on the extension of the Schengen zone should be made by the end of the year; and an open-ended consideration of such a move.

The Council is expected to say that the countries are now technically ready to join, leaving the final decision to politics.

Bulgaria and Romania’s bid to join the Schengen border-free area was given green light by the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament a month ago.

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