Enlargement of the Schengen area to be completed: border controls to be lifted at airports on 30 March

As stated today by the EU Press Room, “On 21 December 2007, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia became part of the Schengen area. On Sunday 30 March 2008 at 0:00, the enlargement process will be completed by lifting air border controls between these countries and with the 15 states that were already part of the Schengen system.Vice-President of the European Commission, Jacques Barrot declared: ‘The dismantling of air border controls is the final step toward completion of a unique and historical achievement: 24 countries of the EU have no internal borders. The Commission pays tribute to those Member States that have put in place state of the art security systems and special ‘Schengen terminals’ at their airports. The enlargement of the Schengen area demonstrates the EU’s commitment to facilitating legitimate travelling within and into the EU whilst at the same time improving the security of Europe’s external borders’.”This Press Release is available in full text.

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