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Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, took part in the celebrations for the enlargement of the Schengen area which were held in Zittau, a town on the border of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic; in Tallinn, by the sea in Estonia; Hegyeshalom, on the Austro-Hungarian border, and in Skofije-Rabuiese, on the Italo-Slovenian border. Nine new states joined the Schengen area on 21 December 2007: Estonia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Practical measures for free movement in a zone with no border checks were introduced for the first time with the Schengen Agreement in 1985 and then by the Schengen Convention in 1995, which abolished controls at the internal borders of the signatory States. The Treaty of Amsterdam, which came into force on 1 May 1999, integrated the ensemble of measures adopted under the Schengen umbrella into the legal and institutional framework of the EU. These measures are currently fully accepted by 13 Member States of the EU (the United Kingdom and Ireland are not part of the Schengen area), as well as two non-Member States (Norway and Iceland). Candidate countries must also satisfy the same requirements. The Schengen acquis regarding free movement of people goes in hand with the constant improvement of security measures, with the aim of guaranteeing safety inside the EU.
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Raising the border barrier
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and Jose Socrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
General view of the border post in Zittau
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Raising the border barrier in Zittau
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
José Manuel Barroso, on the right, receiving a souvenir of the Zittau border, in the ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
José Manuel Barroso, José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and President in Office of ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Speech by José Manuel Barroso in the presence of José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Group photo behind the European flag, from left to right : José Manuel Barroso, José ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
José Manuel Barroso at the podium
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Handshake between José Manuel Barroso and José Socrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Group photo behind the European flag, from left to right : José Manuel Barroso, José ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
José Manuel Barroso at the podium
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungarian Prime Minister, at the podium
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister, at the podium
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Speech by José Manuel Barroso
Reference: P-013376
Date: 21/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and President in Office of the Council, José ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 21/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
Group photo, from left to right: 1st row: Gediminas Kirkilas, Lithuanian Prime Minister, ...
Reference: P-013376
Date: 21/12/2007
Celebrations for the Enlargement of the Schengen Area
General view of the ceremony for the extension of the Schengen area
Reference: P-013376
Date: 20/12/2007
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