Marine Le Pen (NI
), in writing.
To refuse Romania and Bulgaria accession to the Schengen area is tantamount to admitting that, in the European Union, the Member States are not all treated on an equal footing. Yet to accept their accession is to go against the freedom and sovereignty of the Netherlands and Finland, which are currently openly opposed to it. If we recognise the rights of some, it will be done to the detriment of the rights of others. This dilemma exposes in a very clear way the absurdity of the Schengen Treaty, which entrusts the responsibility of controlling and protecting the borders of the area’s 25 Member States to Europe’s peripheral countries. Giving such responsibility can only be achieved if there is trust. The fact is, the Dutch and the Finns do not have this trust. Without Schengen, we would not be in this situation. Each country would be free and responsible for its borders without demanding from a third country a responsibility it no longer assumes. We therefore urgently need to review this Treaty so that everyone can be in charge of their own affairs. This is not a step backwards, it is simply returning to common sense. I therefore voted against this resolution.