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2018/2092(INI) Full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania: abolition of checks at internal land, sea and air borders

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead LIBE STANISHEV Sergei (icon: S&D S&D) COELHO Carlos (icon: PPE PPE), MACOVEI Monica (icon: ECR ECR), HYUSMENOVA Filiz (icon: ALDE ALDE), VERGIAT Marie-Christine (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), VALERO Bodil (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), VILIMSKY Harald (icon: ENF ENF)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54

Events

2019/06/12
   Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2018/12/11
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/12/11
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 514 votes to 107, with 38 abstentions, a resolution on the application of all provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania: abolition of checks at internal land, sea and air borders.

Members recalled that all the conditions necessary for the full application of the Schengen acquis were met by Bulgaria and Romania in 2011. With the Council decision of 12 October 2017, Bulgaria and Romania were granted passive access to the Visa Information System. In its draft decision of 18 April 2018 the Council proposed the full application of the remaining provisions of the Schengen acquis relating to the Schengen Information System in both Member States.

Parliament considered that the proposal to split the abolition of internal border controls into two legal acts in order to set different deadlines for the abolition of land, sea and air border controls constitutes a significant departure from the text of the draft Council decision of 29 September 2010 approved by Parliament.

Members feared that the introduction of a two-step approach could have a negative impact on the future enlargement of the Schengen area. Indeed, the division of the Council decision into two legal acts (one for the abolition of controls at air and sea borders and the other for land borders) would legally codify the current double standards in the Schengen area, where Bulgaria and Romania have all the obligations and responsibilities of fully-fledged Schengen members, but do not enjoy the benefit of free movement.

The resolution underlined that the maintenance of controls at the internal borders of Bulgaria and Romania has a negative impact on exports and imports to and from both Member States and on transport operations to and from some of the largest freight and passenger ports in southern Europe, resulting in financial losses and increased expenditure.

It is estimated that the reintroduction of border controls could cost the European Union between EUR 50 million and EUR 20 billion in one-off costs and EUR 2 billion in annual operating costs.

In general, Member States are called on to take a decision on the enlargement of the Schengen area solely on the basis of fulfilment of the relevant conditions for applying the Schengen acquis following the completion of the Schengen evaluation process.

Parliament urged the Council to present as soon as possible a new draft decision on the application of all the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania on the basis of its draft decision of 29 September 2010 and, by means of a single legal act , to take an immediate decision for the abolition of checks at internal land, sea and air borders. They invited the Council to apply the same approach to Croatia.

Lastly, Members pointed out that the Council can only take a decision on the application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania after consulting Parliament. They reiterated their call to the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament in its legislative resolution of 8 June 2011 .

Documents
2018/12/11
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2018/12/10
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2018/11/09
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the report by Sergei STANISHEV (S&D, BG) on the application of all provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania: abolition of checks at internal land, sea and air borders.

Members recall that all the conditions necessary for the full application of the Schengen acquis were met by Bulgaria and Romania in 2011. They therefore consider that the proposal to split the abolition of internal border controls into two legal acts in order to set different deadlines for the abolition of land, sea and air border controls constitutes a significant departure from the text of the draft Council decision of 29 September 2010 approved by Parliament.

Members fear that the introduction of a two-step approach could have a negative impact on the future enlargement of the Schengen area. Indeed, the division of the Council decision into two legal acts (one for the abolition of controls at air and sea borders and the other for land borders) would legally codify the current double standards in the Schengen area, where Bulgaria and Romania have all the obligations and responsibilities of fully-fledged Schengen members, but do not enjoy the benefit of free movement.

The report underlines that the maintenance of controls at the internal borders of Bulgaria and Romania has a negative impact on exports and imports to and from both Member States and on transport operations to and from some of the largest freight and passenger ports in southern Europe, resulting in financial losses and increased expenditure.

It is estimated that the reintroduction of border controls could cost the European Union between EUR 50 million and EUR 20 billion in one-off costs and EUR 2 billion in annual operating costs.

Members urge the Council to present as soon as possible a new draft decision on the application of all the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania on the basis of its draft decision of 29 September 2010 and, by means of a single legal act , to take an immediate decision for the abolition of checks at internal land, sea and air borders. They invite the Council to apply the same approach to Croatia.

Lastly, Members point out that the Council can only take a decision on the application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania after consulting Parliament. They reiterate their call to the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament in its legislative resolution of 8 June 2011

Documents
2018/11/05
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/07/23
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/06/25
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/06/14
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/05/24
   EP - STANISHEV Sergei (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0365/2018 - Sergei Stanishev - Résolution de la commission LIBE 11/12/2018 12:46:26.000

2018/12/11 Outcome: +: 514, -: 107, 0: 38
DE ES IT PL RO HU BG GB PT CZ LT AT HR BE SK FI SI EL SE LU IE MT LV DK EE CY ?? FR NL
Total
87
47
62
44
28
19
17
61
18
19
10
18
9
19
10
12
8
17
15
6
8
6
5
12
5
6
1
69
21
icon: S&D S&D
171

Czechia S&D

3

Lithuania S&D

1

Croatia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Latvia S&D

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Netherlands S&D

3
icon: PPE PPE
199

United Kingdom PPE

2

Sweden PPE

Abstain (1)

3

Luxembourg PPE

3

Latvia PPE

2

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1

Netherlands PPE

For (1)

3
icon: ALDE ALDE
59

Germany ALDE

3

Romania ALDE

2

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Portugal ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Sweden ALDE

2

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Denmark ALDE

2

Estonia ALDE

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
42

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Hungary Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
42

Italy GUE/NGL

2

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

For (1)

3

Czechia GUE/NGL

3

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Ireland GUE/NGL

Against (1)

3

Denmark GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3
icon: ECR ECR
65

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

Against (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Finland ECR

2

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1

Sweden ECR

2

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Cyprus ECR

1

Netherlands ECR

2
icon: NI NI
18

Germany NI

Against (1)

2

Hungary NI

2

United Kingdom NI

3

Denmark NI

1

NI

For (1)

1

France NI

2
icon: EFDD EFDD
32

Germany EFDD

Against (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: ENF ENF
31

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1

Poland ENF

For (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

3
AmendmentsDossier
56 2018/2092(INI)
2018/07/23 LIBE 56 amendments...
source: 625.580

History

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  • date: 2018-12-10T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20181210&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
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  • date: 2018-12-11T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2018-0497 title: T8-0497/2018 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 514 votes to 107, with 38 abstentions, a resolution on the application of all provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania: abolition of checks at internal land, sea and air borders. Members recalled that all the conditions necessary for the full application of the Schengen acquis were met by Bulgaria and Romania in 2011. With the Council decision of 12 October 2017, Bulgaria and Romania were granted passive access to the Visa Information System. In its draft decision of 18 April 2018 the Council proposed the full application of the remaining provisions of the Schengen acquis relating to the Schengen Information System in both Member States. Parliament considered that the proposal to split the abolition of internal border controls into two legal acts in order to set different deadlines for the abolition of land, sea and air border controls constitutes a significant departure from the text of the draft Council decision of 29 September 2010 approved by Parliament. Members feared that the introduction of a two-step approach could have a negative impact on the future enlargement of the Schengen area. Indeed, the division of the Council decision into two legal acts (one for the abolition of controls at air and sea borders and the other for land borders) would legally codify the current double standards in the Schengen area, where Bulgaria and Romania have all the obligations and responsibilities of fully-fledged Schengen members, but do not enjoy the benefit of free movement. The resolution underlined that the maintenance of controls at the internal borders of Bulgaria and Romania has a negative impact on exports and imports to and from both Member States and on transport operations to and from some of the largest freight and passenger ports in southern Europe, resulting in financial losses and increased expenditure. It is estimated that the reintroduction of border controls could cost the European Union between EUR 50 million and EUR 20 billion in one-off costs and EUR 2 billion in annual operating costs. In general, Member States are called on to take a decision on the enlargement of the Schengen area solely on the basis of fulfilment of the relevant conditions for applying the Schengen acquis following the completion of the Schengen evaluation process. Parliament urged the Council to present as soon as possible a new draft decision on the application of all the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania on the basis of its draft decision of 29 September 2010 and, by means of a single legal act , to take an immediate decision for the abolition of checks at internal land, sea and air borders. They invited the Council to apply the same approach to Croatia. Lastly, Members pointed out that the Council can only take a decision on the application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania after consulting Parliament. They reiterated their call to the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament in its legislative resolution of 8 June 2011 .
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