Enlargement of the Schengen area: Austria/Hungary/Slovakia borders

Type: Report   Reference: I-056031   Duration: 11:29:29  Lieu:
End production: 22/12/2007   First transmission: 22/12/2007
As of 21 December 2007, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia became part of the Schengen area. Controls at internal land and sea borders between these countries and the 15 previous Member States were lifted. This resulted in a very tangible expression of the free movement ideal: this latest enlargement extended the free movement area by 4,278 km. At the Austria/Hungary/Slovakia border, a ceremony of opening of the Schengen borders took place in presence of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC; José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU; Günther Platter, Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior; Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister; and Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungarian Prime Minister.

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11:26:05 Title 00:00:04
11:26:10 Army Guard in Hegyeshalom 00:00:06
11:26:16 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, with other VIP's at the Hegyeshalom border crossing 00:00:10
11:26:26 Hungarian Guard of Honour 00:00:06
11:26:32 Arrival of the VIP's on the stage 00:00:22
11:26:54 Cutaway of the press 00:00:08
11:27:02 Army Orchestra playing the Slovakian Anthem with the EU delegation and Slovakian, Hungarian and Austrian Ministers listening (3 shots) 00:00:18
11:27:20 Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungarian Prime Minister, speaking (in HUNGARIAN) (2 shots) 00:00:15
11:27:35 Günther Platter, Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior, (in GERMAN) saying that now you can stay on this border, where free circulation is given; it is a big day for all the Schengen's countries and this is a big day for the EU; this is the most important day for them but they need to also concentrate on providing the security for all 00:00:31
11:28:06 Austrian Gendarme Guard of Honour 00:00:06
11:28:12 Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister, (in SLOVAK) saying that he would like to thank the European Commission that they could give them all such a beautiful present for Christmas in the end of the year 2007 00:00:10
11:28:22 Slovakian Guard of Honour 00:00:06
11:28:28 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that this new united Europe, where there were very deep divisions, now is united around values of peace, freedom and democracy 00:00:24
11:28:52 José Sócrates (in ENGLISH) congratulating everyone; saying "Viva Europa" (3 shots) 00:00:31
11:29:23 Monument with EU flags behind 00:00:06
11:29:29 General view of the ceremony near the memorial column (4 shots) 00:00:32
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