Extending the Schengen area to include Bulgaria and Romania 

MEPs are expected to call on EU ministers to admit Bulgaria and Romania into the border check-free Schengen area as soon as possible, in a vote on Tuesday.

MEPs are to discuss on Monday and vote on Tuesday on a non-legislative resolution calling on the EU Council to take a swift and affirmative decision to include Bulgaria and Romania as fully-fledged members in the Schengen area.


Parliament gave its green light for Bulgaria and Romania to join the Schengen area in June 2011 and has reiterated its position several times following the legislative resolution.

Currently, Bulgaria and Romania apply the Schengen rules partially and checks are carried out at the internal borders of the two countries. The final decision on whether the two countries can become part of the Schengen area has to be made through a unanimous vote in the Council by EU ministers.

Procedure: non-legislative resolution


Debate: Monday, 10 December

Vote: Tuesday, 11 December