Two countries will join the Schengen Area in Europe starting in 2024

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In 2024, two European countries will become members of the Schengen area via air and water

According to an announcement made by the European Council on Saturday, Romania and Bulgaria will be partially integrated into the Schengen area of free travel in the month of March the following year.

Two countries will join the Schengen Area in Europe

At the end of 2022, Romania and Bulgaria, both of which have been members of the European Union (EU) consortium since 2007, were excluded from the expansive Schengen zone. Within this zone, more than 400 million people are able to travel freely without being subject to internal border restrictions.

Austria, which had for years stated that it had to host a disproportionate number of undocumented immigrants as a result of poorly maintained external Schengen borders, originally refused their applications. This was due to the fact that internal Schengen borders were not adequately protected.

According to a statement released by the European Council on Saturday, the 27 member states of the European Union reached a unanimous agreement to terminate the controls that were in place at the air and maritime borders of the two countries as of March 31.

In the next year, discussions over the opening of the land boundaries will continue.

Following a period of twelve years of discussions, the European Commission expressed its satisfaction with the partial inclusion of the two countries in the Schengen area.

"An enlarged Schengen area will make the EU stronger as a Union, internally and on the global stage," the European Commission stated in a statement.

It was referred to as a "historic moment" by the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leichten.

"Today is a day of great pride for Bulgaria and Romania," she added in a post that she made on another social media platform. They are both deserving of it. In doing so, they will make Schengen even more powerful.

The Schengen region was established in 1985 and is comprised of thirteen of the twenty-seven member nations of the European Union (EU), in addition to its neighbouring countries of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

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