Official EU Journal Publishes Decision on Romania-Bulgaria Schengen Partial Accession

The decision of the Council of the European Union of December 30, 2023 regarding the partial accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen Area was published in the Official Journal of the EU.

According to the document, starting from March 31, 2024, controls on people at the internal air and maritime borders with and between Bulgaria and Romania are eliminated and the provisions of the Schengen acquis apply to Bulgaria and Romania among themselves and in their relations with the other member countries of the Free circulation.

The document has three articles and also states that the Council “shall make efforts to take a decision to remove controls on persons at the internal land borders. The respective decision is adopted by the Council deciding unanimously, in accordance with Article 4 paragraph (2) of the Act of Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania from 2005″.

However, no date is provided by which the decision should be taken on the elimination of controls at the land borders as well.

Article 2 of the document states that “national short-stay visas issued by Bulgaria and Romania before March 31, 2024 remain valid during their period of validity, for the purpose of transit on the territory of other member states or the expected stay on their territories for a period which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period, insofar as they have recognized such short-stay visas for the respective purposes, in accordance with Decision no. 565/2014/EU. The conditions established in that decision apply.”

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