Austria still determined to block Romania’s, Bulgaria’s Schengen accession

Vienna remains determined to further block the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said on Friday in a press conference with his German counterpart Olaf Scholz, according to Austrian media. A year and a half after taking office, the German chancellor made his first official visit to Austria on Friday.

Regarding Austria’s attempt to block the entry of Romania and Bulgaria into the European area of ​​free movement, the Austrian Chancellor said, in a joint press conference with the German Chancellor, that “now, for the first time, within the European Union more much considering Bulgaria’s great migration challenges, through its particularly long border with Turkey,” Volksblat and Die Presse reported.

Karl Nehammer said, however, that this does not mean that Austria will change its position regarding the blocking of Romania and Bulgaria in Schengen. For his part, Olaf Scholz reiterated Germany’s position of supporting the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European area of ​​free movement.

A year and a half after taking office, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made his first official visit to Austria on Friday, being received in Salzburg with military honors by Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

Although the two chancellors seemed to have diametrically opposed positions regarding the expansion of the Schengen area, in their press statements harmony was noted on the topic of a structural reform of immigration control, as well as of maintaining control at some internal EU customs. “Nehammer Meets Scholz: Border Controls? Indispensable!”, headlines Heute.at.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer continued to argue that the Schengen system does not work.

“Germany continues to carry out border controls with Austria, which shows that the Schengen system is not working, structurally.

For me, the partnership is particularly important, because we are often allies when it comes to how we shape European policy, how we want to develop the EU further.

If you really want to have effective external border protection, then we need to quickly get those who are not allowed to stay back to their countries of origin.

To do this, you need to expand and build stable and sustainable relationships with home countries, create prospects. Austria and Germany are next to each other. Only if we can ensure security in the EU in a predictable time will we also gain people’s trust in the European project”, declared the Austrian chancellor.

The Justice and Home Affairs Council (JAI) of the European Union rejected on December 8, 2022 the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to Schengen and only accepted Croatia’s request. Austria managed to block the decision favorable to our country in the JAI Council, as unanimity is required for Schengen accession. The Netherlands joined it, under the conditions in which it opposes the accession of Bulgaria, and the vote was given “together with Romania”.

After blocking Romania’s entry into Schengen, both Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Interior Minister Gerhard Karner argued that of the more than 100,000 immigrants or asylum seekers who arrived in Austria, 75,000 had not been registered anywhere, and that it should have happened when crossing the EU’s external border. They claimed that many of the unregistered would have come through Romania or Bulgaria, data contradicted by the Romanian authorities.

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  • Panagiotis Spyridis

    The same old story from Austria and Germany. The little spoiled brat brother does the dirty work for the elder one.