Liechtenstein Joins Schengen Agreement

Bulgaria in EU | December 19, 2011, Monday // 15:02|  views

Liechtenstein has officially become the 26th member of the Schengen Agreement, the checks on persons at its borders being abolished on Monday.

The tiny principality signed a treaty with the EU on February 28 2008 concerning its Schengen future and is expected to fully implement the rules enshrined in it.

"With Liechtenstein joining today, we are further developing one of the most cherished achievements of the EU," Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom commented on Monday, as cited by New Europe.

According to Malmstrom, the rapid growth of the Schengen Area allows for increasing numbers of European citizens and third country visitors to enjoy free movement across more and more countries.

Recently, the Netherlands once again vetoed Bulgaria and Romania's phased-in accession to Schengen. The Dutch government believes that the two EU newcomers are yet to show a significant progress in fighting corruption and organized crime.

The Netherlands is the only country still opposing and blocking Bulgaria and Romania's Schengen accession, after Finland retracted its obstruction last month.

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