Schengen Agreement


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Schengen Agreement

an extension of the policy of the EUROPEAN UNION on free movement of persons whereby the governments of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France agreed to eliminate (as at 1 January 1993) all border controls against persons.
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If freedom to cross borders and free movement are the expression of an "ever closer union" between peoples, then anything that hinders that freedom points to division between peoples", said Georges Dassis, president of the EESC, commenting on the preamble of the first Schengen agreement (1985).
Following the EU's Schengen Agreement rules, Sweden will initially reintroduce the checking of documents at its border for just 10 days.
The Paris terror attacks have prompted growing security concerns, which ultimately challenge the continuity of the Schengen Agreement, US intelligence company Strategic Forecasting, Inc.
The UK and Ireland began taking part in some aspects of the Schengen agreement, such as the Schengen Information System (SIS), from 2000 and 2002 respectively.
The EU is grappling with an unprecedented flow of refugees from the Middle East and Africa which is testing its asylum rules and the Schengen agreement -- its core agreement on unrestricted travel.
During consideration of visa application, the German Embassy, likewise visa sections of other member states of Schengen Agreement, are bound by common for all rules.
In an interview with BBC Scotland's Sunday Politics programme, she said there could be a border check if Scotland joined the European Common Travel Area by signing up to the Schengen Agreement.
Following in the steps of the Liberal Democrats, the Greens have also voiced their concern that the European Parliament has been excluded from decisions regarding the reform of the Schengen agreement on the free movement of persons.
The Libyan leader, Muammar Al Qathafi has long used the prospect of a migration crisis to discourage European attacks and the extent of the current influx has prompted France and Italy to raise the prospect of internal frontier checks - a move that would contradict the 13-year-old Schengen Agreement scrapping border controls between EU countries.
Citizens of 25 European nations can cross those borders freely without delay, thanks to the Schengen Agreement of 1985, which abolished internal borders in lieu of a single external border and applies common rules on visas and border controls.
As for Europe's inflexibility in offering visas to Egyptians, especially countries that are party to the Schengen Agreement, the diplomat said that they are afraid of people violating the conditions of the visa.
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday agreed a joint appeal over the Schengen agreement to the EU leadership.