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2010/0820(NLE) Full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead LIBE COELHO Carlos (icon: PPE PPE)
Lead committee dossier:

Events

2013/03/07
   CSL - Debate in Council
Details

The Council had a state of play discussion on the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in the Republic of Bulgaria and in Romania.

In conclusion, the Presidency decided to address this issue again by the end of 2013 with a view to considering the way forward on the basis of a two step approach.

Documents
2013/03/07
   CSL - Council Meeting
2012/10/25
   CSL - Debate in Council
Documents
2012/10/25
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/09/22
   CSL - Debate in Council
Details

The Polish presidency presented a draft Council decision on the framework for the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania. This text did not, however, receive the unanimous support necessary and was therefore not put to a vote . The presidency intends to continue its efforts to find a basis for agreement.

The Council reverted to the question of the Schengen accession of Bulgaria and Romania in line with the June Council conclusions on the completion of the process of Schengen evaluation of the state of preparedness of Bulgaria and Romania to implement all provisions of the Schengen acquis.

These conclusions underlined that the Schengen evaluation process for Bulgaria and Romania has been completed and that the Council would return to the issue as soon as possible, and no later than September 2011.

Documents
2011/09/22
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/06/09
   CSL - Resolution/conclusions adopted by Council
Details

The Council adopted conclusions on the completion of the process of Schengen evaluation of the state of preparedness of Bulgaria and Romania to implement all provisions of the Schengen acquis.

These conclusions underline that the Schengen evaluation process for Bulgaria and Romania has been completed and that the Council will return to the issue as soon as possible, and no later than September 2011.

2011/06/09
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/06/08
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2011/06/08
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 487 votes to 77, with 29 abstentions, a legislative resolution amending, under a special legislative procedure (European Parliament’s consultation), the draft Council decision on the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania.

Parliament calls on each Member State concerned to inform the European Parliament and the Council in writing within six-months of the date of entry into force of this Decision on the follow up that was given to the recommendations that are contained in the evaluation reports and are referred to in the follow-up reports, which still need to be implemented.

Documents
2011/06/07
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2011/05/04
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2011/05/04
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2011/05/02
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the report drafted by Carlos COELHO (EPP, PT) approving the draft Council decision on the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania, subject to one amendment.

Although both Romania and Bulgaria have proved that they are sufficiently prepared to apply all the provisions of the Schengen acquis in a satisfactory manner, some additional measures should be adopted by Bulgaria following the evaluation on the progress of its preparation for the application of the Schengen provisions. This concerns in particular, the preparation of a special plan containing actions to be implemented at the moment of entering Schengen and also a joint approach (between Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria) in order to be able to respond to the possible strong increase in migration-pressure.

As a consequence, Members call on each Member State concerned to inform the European Parliament and the Council in writing within six-months of the date of entry into force of this Decision on the follow up that was given to the recommendations that are contained in the evaluation reports and are referred to in the follow-up reports, which still need to be implemented.

2011/04/14
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2011/04/05
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2011/02/24
   CSL - Debate in Council
Details

The committee discussed the state of play in the process of accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area. After the mixed committee, the Council took note of presidency conclusions which can be summarised as follows:

According to the 2005 Act of Accession, the verification through evaluation procedures that the necessary conditions for the application of all parts of the Schengen acquis have been met by Bulgaria and Romania is a precondition for the Council, after consultation of the European Parliament, to take a Decision on its full application and the resulting abolition of checks at internal borders with and between those Member States .

Romania and Bulgaria programmed their preparations in concertation with the successive EU presidencies, with the aim of achieving full Schengen membership by the end of March 2011.

With regard to the results of the Schengen evaluation of Romania and Bulgaria and taking into account their Common Declaration, according to which the two countries join the Schengen area together and at the same time, it is appropriate to take stock of the situation and the results achieved to date, given the extensive work carried out both by Romania and Bulgaria and by Member States' experts during the evaluation process, and the importance of preserving the momentum.

On the road towards Schengen accession, evaluation missions were organized between 2009 and 2010 in the field of data protection, police cooperation, visa issuance, air-, land- and sea-borders, and SIS/SIRENE.

Upon conclusion of the last missions, which took place in December 2010, the evaluation process of Romania was concluded in January 2011 by the Working Party for Schengen Matters (Schengen Evaluation) with the adoption of all relevant reports and on the basis of their Common Declaration that Romania would join Schengen together with Bulgaria. On this basis, Romania has finalised the technical preparations required for all evaluated areas of the Schengen acquis. Romania will ensure the implementation of the recommendations listed in the evaluation reports and regularly informs the Council on the follow-up to these recommendations.

Bulgaria has to date closed all but one of the evaluated areas of the Schengen acquis, with a re-evaluation of the external land borders scheduled for the fourth week of March 2011. There is a strong commitment on the side of Bulgaria to complete the necessary preparations in order to fulfil all the requirements of the Schengen acquis as soon as possible. Bulgaria will make the necessary efforts to ensure the implementation of the recommendations listed in the evaluation reports and regularly informs the Council on the follow-up to these recommendations.

The accession of Romania and Bulgaria, once all requirements have been fulfilled, remains a priority of the Hungarian Presidency. In light of the positions outlined by some Member States in the Working Party for Schengen Matters (Schengen Evaluation) and in Coreper on 9 and 17 February, the Presidency will continue to work, in close cooperation with all Member States, towards a solution acceptable to all parties concerned taking also into account the concerns voiced.

Documents
2011/02/24
   CSL - Council Meeting
2010/12/09
   EP - Responsible Committee
2010/11/23
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2010/09/29
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to provide a measure to apply all provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: Article 4(2) of the 2005 Act of Accession provides that the provisions of the Schengen acquis shall only apply in each of those Member States within the meaning of that instrument pursuant to a Council Decision to that effect after verification that the necessary conditions for the application of that acquis have been met.

The Council rendered the provisions of the Schengen acquis related to the Schengen Information System (SIS) applicable to the Member States concerned from 15 October 2010. The provisions of this acquis shall apply to those Member States in accordance with Council Decision 2010/365/EC on the application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis relating to the SIS in Bulgaria and Romania.

This Decision also states that a separate Council Decision should be adopted in time to set the date of abolishing the checks at internal borders with the two countries and lift residual restrictions on the application of the SIS.

This is the aim of this draft Decision.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 4(2) of the 2005 Act of Accession.

CONTENT: pursuant to Article 4(2) of the Act of Acession, the verification through evaluation procedures that the necessary conditions for the application of all parts of the Schengen acquis (Data Protection, the Schengen Information System, Air Borders, Land Borders, Sea Borders, Police Cooperation and Visas) have been met by the new Member States is a precondition for the Council to decide on the abolition of checks at internal borders with those Member States.

Abolishing border checks on persons : the Council may decide to set possible dates for the application of the Schengen acquis in full by those Member States, i.e. dates from which checks on persons at the internal borders with those Member States should be lifted.

End of restrictions on the use of the SIS : the Council may also decide to lift as soon as possible after this date, the remaining restrictions imposed on the use of the SIS (as provided for in Council Decision 2010/365/EC) in the Member States.

Specific measures on visas : in order to avoid the enlargement of the Schengen area causing travel within the area to become more difficult for certain categories of persons, the facilitation provided by Decision No 582/2008 for third-country nationals holding a national short-term visa issued by Bulgaria or Romania for transit through the territory of other Member States concerned, should be maintained. Consequently, certain provisions of that Decision should continue to apply for a limited, transitional period.

It should be noted that an annex details the measures of the Schengen acquis applicable to Bulgaria and Romania.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: this proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget.

Documents

Documents

Activities

Votes

A7-0185/2011 - Carlos Coelho - Vote unique

2011/06/08 Outcome: +: 487, -: 77, 0: 29
DE FR IT ES PL RO SE BG EL HU BE PT SK CZ LT FI IE LU SI LV AT MT CY EE ?? NL GB DK
Total
80
58
60
37
39
28
16
14
18
16
21
13
12
16
9
13
7
5
5
5
12
4
6
5
1
22
58
13
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221

Czechia PPE

2

Finland PPE

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

4

Ireland PPE

3

Luxembourg PPE

3

Slovenia PPE

2

Malta PPE

2
2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

PPE

1

Denmark PPE

Abstain (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
148

Bulgaria S&D

3

Hungary S&D

2

Portugal S&D

1

Finland S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

2

Austria S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

2

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Netherlands S&D

3
icon: ALDE ALDE
64

Spain ALDE

1

Greece ALDE

1

Lithuania ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

2

Denmark ALDE

3
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
44

Spain Verts/ALE

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Greece Verts/ALE

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

Against (1)

4

Finland Verts/ALE

2

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

4

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
28

Spain GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

1

Greece GUE/NGL

3

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Latvia GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

Against (1)

2

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

1
icon: NI NI
23

France NI

Against (1)

1

Spain NI

1

Romania NI

2

Bulgaria NI

2

Hungary NI

Abstain (1)

1

Belgium NI

2
icon: ECR ECR
41

Hungary ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Belgium ECR

Against (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

Against (1)

1

Denmark ECR

Against (1)

1
icon: EFD EFD
24

France EFD

Against (1)

1

Greece EFD

2

Slovakia EFD

Abstain (1)

1

Lithuania EFD

For (1)

1

Finland EFD

Against (1)

1

Netherlands EFD

Against (1)

1

Denmark EFD

Against (1)

1
AmendmentsDossier
3 2010/0820(NLE)
2011/04/14 LIBE 3 amendments...
source: PE-462.863

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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      • PURPOSE: to provide a measure to apply all provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        BACKGROUND: Article 4(2) of the 2005 Act of Accession provides that the provisions of the Schengen acquis shall only apply in each of those Member States within the meaning of that instrument pursuant to a Council Decision to that effect after verification that the necessary conditions for the application of that acquis have been met.

        The Council rendered the provisions of the Schengen acquis related to the Schengen Information System (SIS) applicable to the Member States concerned from 15 October 2010. The provisions of this acquis shall apply to those Member States in accordance with Council Decision 2010/365/EC on the application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis relating to the SIS in Bulgaria and Romania.

        This Decision also states that a separate Council Decision should be adopted in time to set the date of abolishing the checks at internal borders with the two countries and lift residual restrictions on the application of the SIS.

        This is the aim of this draft Decision.

        IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

        LEGAL BASIS: Article 4(2) of the 2005 Act of Accession.

        CONTENT: pursuant to Article 4(2) of the Act of Acession, the verification through evaluation procedures that the necessary conditions for the application of all parts of the Schengen acquis (Data Protection, the Schengen Information System, Air Borders, Land Borders, Sea Borders, Police Cooperation and Visas) have been met by the new Member States is a precondition for the Council to decide on the abolition of checks at internal borders with those Member States.

        Abolishing border checks on persons: the Council may decide to set possible dates for the application of the Schengen acquis in full by those Member States, i.e. dates from which checks on persons at the internal borders with those Member States should be lifted. 

        End of restrictions on the use of the SIS: the Council may also decide to lift as soon as possible after this date, the remaining restrictions imposed on the use of the SIS (as provided for in Council Decision 2010/365/EC) in the Member States.

        Specific measures on visas: in order to avoid the enlargement of the Schengen area causing travel within the area to become more difficult for certain categories of persons, the facilitation provided by Decision No 582/2008 for third-country nationals holding a national short-term visa issued by Bulgaria or Romania for transit through the territory of other Member States concerned, should be maintained. Consequently, certain provisions of that Decision should continue to apply for a limited, transitional period.

        It should be noted that an annex details the measures of the Schengen acquis applicable to Bulgaria and Romania.

        BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: this proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget.

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      • The committee discussed the state of play in the process of accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area. After the mixed committee, the Council took note of presidency conclusions which can be summarised as follows:

        According to the 2005 Act of Accession, the verification through evaluation procedures that the necessary conditions for the application of all parts of the Schengen acquis have been met by Bulgaria and Romania is a precondition for the Council, after consultation of the European Parliament, to take a Decision on its full application and the resulting abolition of checks at internal borders with and between those Member States.

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        On the road towards Schengen accession, evaluation missions were organized between 2009 and 2010 in the field of data protection, police cooperation, visa issuance, air-, land- and sea-borders, and SIS/SIRENE.

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        The accession of Romania and Bulgaria, once all requirements have been fulfilled, remains a priority of the Hungarian Presidency. In light of the positions outlined by some Member States in the Working Party for Schengen Matters (Schengen Evaluation) and in Coreper on 9 and 17 February, the Presidency will continue to work, in close cooperation with all Member States, towards a solution acceptable to all parties concerned taking also into account the concerns voiced.

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      Although both Romania and Bulgaria have proved that they are sufficiently prepared to apply all the provisions of the Schengen acquis in a satisfactory manner, some additional measures should be adopted by Bulgaria following the evaluation on the progress of its preparation for the application of the Schengen provisions. This concerns in particular, the preparation of a special plan containing actions to be implemented at the moment of entering Schengen and also a joint approach (between Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria) in order to be able to respond to the possible strong increase in migration-pressure.

      As a consequence, Members call on each Member State concerned to inform the European Parliament and the Council in writing within six-months of the date of entry into force of this Decision on the follow up that was given to the recommendations that are contained in the evaluation reports and are referred to in the follow-up reports, which still need to be implemented.

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        The Council reverted to the question of the Schengen accession of Bulgaria and Romania in line with the June Council conclusions on the completion of the process of Schengen evaluation of the state of preparedness of Bulgaria and Romania to implement all provisions of the Schengen acquis.

        These conclusions underlined that the Schengen evaluation process for Bulgaria and Romania has been completed and that the Council would return to the issue as soon as possible, and no later than September 2011.

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      • PURPOSE: to provide a measure to apply all provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        BACKGROUND: Article 4(2) of the 2005 Act of Accession provides that the provisions of the Schengen acquis shall only apply in each of those Member States within the meaning of that instrument pursuant to a Council Decision to that effect after verification that the necessary conditions for the application of that acquis have been met.

        The Council rendered the provisions of the Schengen acquis related to the Schengen Information System (SIS) applicable to the Member States concerned from 15 October 2010. The provisions of this acquis shall apply to those Member States in accordance with Council Decision 2010/365/EC on the application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis relating to the SIS in Bulgaria and Romania.

        This Decision also states that a separate Council Decision should be adopted in time to set the date of abolishing the checks at internal borders with the two countries and lift residual restrictions on the application of the SIS.

        This is the aim of this draft Decision.

        IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

        LEGAL BASIS: Article 4(2) of the 2005 Act of Accession.

        CONTENT: pursuant to Article 4(2) of the Act of Acession, the verification through evaluation procedures that the necessary conditions for the application of all parts of the Schengen acquis (Data Protection, the Schengen Information System, Air Borders, Land Borders, Sea Borders, Police Cooperation and Visas) have been met by the new Member States is a precondition for the Council to decide on the abolition of checks at internal borders with those Member States.

        Abolishing border checks on persons: the Council may decide to set possible dates for the application of the Schengen acquis in full by those Member States, i.e. dates from which checks on persons at the internal borders with those Member States should be lifted. 

        End of restrictions on the use of the SIS: the Council may also decide to lift as soon as possible after this date, the remaining restrictions imposed on the use of the SIS (as provided for in Council Decision 2010/365/EC) in the Member States.

        Specific measures on visas: in order to avoid the enlargement of the Schengen area causing travel within the area to become more difficult for certain categories of persons, the facilitation provided by Decision No 582/2008 for third-country nationals holding a national short-term visa issued by Bulgaria or Romania for transit through the territory of other Member States concerned, should be maintained. Consequently, certain provisions of that Decision should continue to apply for a limited, transitional period.

        It should be noted that an annex details the measures of the Schengen acquis applicable to Bulgaria and Romania.

        BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: this proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget.

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      • The committee discussed the state of play in the process of accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area. After the mixed committee, the Council took note of presidency conclusions which can be summarised as follows:

        According to the 2005 Act of Accession, the verification through evaluation procedures that the necessary conditions for the application of all parts of the Schengen acquis have been met by Bulgaria and Romania is a precondition for the Council, after consultation of the European Parliament, to take a Decision on its full application and the resulting abolition of checks at internal borders with and between those Member States.

        Romania and Bulgaria programmed their preparations in concertation with the successive EU presidencies, with the aim of achieving full Schengen membership by the end of March 2011.

        With regard to the results of the Schengen evaluation of Romania and Bulgaria and taking into account their Common Declaration, according to which the two countries join the Schengen area together and at the same time, it is appropriate to take stock of the situation and the results achieved to date, given the extensive work carried out both by Romania and Bulgaria and by Member States' experts during the evaluation process, and the importance of preserving the momentum.

        On the road towards Schengen accession, evaluation missions were organized between 2009 and 2010 in the field of data protection, police cooperation, visa issuance, air-, land- and sea-borders, and SIS/SIRENE.

        Upon conclusion of the last missions, which took place in December 2010, the evaluation process of Romania was concluded in January 2011 by the Working Party for Schengen Matters (Schengen Evaluation) with the adoption of all relevant reports and on the basis of their Common Declaration that Romania would join Schengen together with Bulgaria. On this basis, Romania has finalised the technical preparations required for all evaluated areas of the Schengen acquis. Romania will ensure the implementation of the recommendations listed in the evaluation reports and regularly informs the Council on the follow-up to these recommendations.

        Bulgaria has to date closed all but one of the evaluated areas of the Schengen acquis, with a re-evaluation of the external land borders scheduled for the fourth week of March 2011. There is a strong commitment on the side of Bulgaria to complete the necessary preparations in order to fulfil all the requirements of the Schengen acquis as soon as possible. Bulgaria will make the necessary efforts to ensure the implementation of the recommendations listed in the evaluation reports and regularly informs the Council on the follow-up to these recommendations.

        The accession of Romania and Bulgaria, once all requirements have been fulfilled, remains a priority of the Hungarian Presidency. In light of the positions outlined by some Member States in the Working Party for Schengen Matters (Schengen Evaluation) and in Coreper on 9 and 17 February, the Presidency will continue to work, in close cooperation with all Member States, towards a solution acceptable to all parties concerned taking also into account the concerns voiced.

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    • The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the report drafted by Carlos COELHO (EPP, PT) approving the draft Council decision on the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania, subject to one amendment.

      Although both Romania and Bulgaria have proved that they are sufficiently prepared to apply all the provisions of the Schengen acquis in a satisfactory manner, some additional measures should be adopted by Bulgaria following the evaluation on the progress of its preparation for the application of the Schengen provisions. This concerns in particular, the preparation of a special plan containing actions to be implemented at the moment of entering Schengen and also a joint approach (between Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria) in order to be able to respond to the possible strong increase in migration-pressure.

      As a consequence, Members call on each Member State concerned to inform the European Parliament and the Council in writing within six-months of the date of entry into force of this Decision on the follow up that was given to the recommendations that are contained in the evaluation reports and are referred to in the follow-up reports, which still need to be implemented.

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    • The Council adopted conclusions on the completion of the process of Schengen evaluation of the state of preparedness of Bulgaria and Romania to implement all provisions of the Schengen acquis.

      These conclusions underline that the Schengen evaluation process for Bulgaria and Romania has been completed and that the Council will return to the issue as soon as possible, and no later than September 2011.

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      • The Polish presidency presented a draft Council decision on the framework for the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania. This text did not, however, receive the unanimous support necessary and was therefore not put to a vote. The presidency intends to continue its efforts to find a basis for agreement.

        The Council reverted to the question of the Schengen accession of Bulgaria and Romania in line with the June Council conclusions on the completion of the process of Schengen evaluation of the state of preparedness of Bulgaria and Romania to implement all provisions of the Schengen acquis.

        These conclusions underlined that the Schengen evaluation process for Bulgaria and Romania has been completed and that the Council would return to the issue as soon as possible, and no later than September 2011.

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      • The Council had a state of play discussion on the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in the Republic of Bulgaria and in Romania.

        In conclusion, the Presidency decided to address this issue again by the end of 2013 with a view to considering the way forward on the basis of a two step approach.

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