Enlargement of the Schengen area: Italy/Slovenia border

Type: Report   Reference: I-056032   Duration: 11:34:04  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. The last ceremony to commemorate the enlargement of the Schengen area took place on 22 December at the Italian/Slovenian border. Attending the ceremony were Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister; Giuliano Amato, Italian Minister for the Interior; José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU; José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC; Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security; and Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Science and Research. At the end of the ceremony, a symbolic takeover of the EU Presidency from José Socrates to Janez Janša took place.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
11:30:01 Title 00:00:04
11:30:06 Italy/Slovenia crossing point (3 shots) 00:00:15
11:30:21 Italian and Slovenian police 00:00:06
11:30:27 General views of the crossing point (2 shots) 00:00:07
11:30:34 Arrival of Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security 00:00:08
11:30:42 Arrival of Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister; José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU; and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:00:07
11:30:49 General view of the ceremony 00:00:05
11:30:54 José Manuel Barroso, Janez Janša, José Sócrates, and Giuliano Amato, Italian Minister for the Interior 00:00:05
11:30:59 Cutaway 00:00:04
11:31:03 European anthem (3 shots) 00:00:23
11:31:26 Janez Janša, going to the stage 00:00:07
11:31:33 General view of the ceremony, with Janez Janša on the stage (3 shots) 00:00:20
11:31:53 Giuliano Amato (in ITALIAN) saying that they can assure to everybody that the end of the border control between Italy and Slovenia is not the end of the security, it is the growing of freedom; their collaboration has being efficient and will continue (3 shots) 00:00:19
11:32:12 Cutaway 00:00:05
11:32:17 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that it is incredible what we are living these days in Europe; it is a very powerfull signal of European unity; but this dismantling of borders is important from a symbolic and political point of view, and also from a concrete point of view; Slovenia was and is still the only country from former Yugoslavia to join the European Union; Slovenia was the first of the new Members States of the EU that joined in 2004 to introduce the Euro, the European currency, and Slovenia will be, from 1st January, the first new Member State to have the responsibility of the Presidency of the Council of the EU; that is why, on behalf of the European Commission, he wants to thank Slovenia for its commitments to the EU's common project (9 shots) 00:01:04
11:33:21 Cutaway 00:00:04
11:33:25 Symbolic takeover of the EU Presidency from José Sócrates to Janez Janša: José Sócrates giving Janez Janša an astrolabe as a present and wishing him good luck for the new Presidency; Janez Janša thanking José Sócrates and offering him the Lisbon Treaty ratified; (8 shots) 00:00:39
11:34:04 Musical interlude 00:00:17
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