Arab Parliament Condemns Bombing of Baghdad Airport As Threat to Stability of Iraq    Mauritania Records 122 New Cases of Coronavirus    Kuwait Records 6,913 New Cases of COVID-19    UK Condemns Houthi Attack on UAE    "Mawhiba" to Announce Results of First Edition of the "Gifted Arabs" Initiative    KSRelief Signs Executive Program to Support and Sponsor Orphans in Mali    KSrelief Distributes 728 Winter Bags in Marib Governorate, Yemen    KSrelief Performs 104 Surgeries within Voluntary Medical Campaign to Combat Blindness in Chad    Joint Saudi-US exercise concluded in the Eastern Province    Stellar speaker line-up at Leap conference in Riyadh    Saudi Arabia to commemorate February 22 as Founding Day    Tata Group takes over India's loss-making national carrier    Ukraine crisis: West threatens to ax Russia gas pipeline    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 12,179 Points    Saudi Arabia to resume direct flights to Thailand in May    New COVID-19 cases in KSA stay above 4,000-mark; recoveries steady    Prince Andrew denies close friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell    Australian scientists find 'spooky' spinning object in Milky Way    Salah helps Egypt beat Ivory Coast in shootout at African Cup    'Orange is the New Black' actress Kathryn Kates dead at 73    All remaining slums in Makkah to be developed soon    Indian community marks Republic Day with patriotic fervor    GACA, KACST sign MoU to establish a center for research & development    British driver Sam Bird sets sight on more triumphs in Saudi Arabia 2022 Diriyah E-Prix    PIF unveils leading gaming and e-sports group    RCU launches direct flights from Paris to AlUla    Saudi Stock Market Index Ends High At 12,182 Points    Royal Commission in Yanbu Achieves Arab Award for Operation and Maintenance    Sir Elton John postpones US shows after positive Covid-19 test    Bollywood's Shilpa Shetty cleared of obscenity over Richard Gere kiss    At least six killed in Cameroon stadium stampede    General Court of Audit President Inaugurates 8th Conference for Internal Audit with Int'l Participation    Taylor Swift slams Damon Albarn over songwriting comments    Omani National Football Team Arrives in Jeddah to Meet Saudi National Team    Saudi Handball Team Loses to Qatar in Main Round of 2022 Asian Men's Handball Championship    Eighth Season of ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to kick off in Diriyah    20th Asian Handball Championship Main Round to Kick off Tomorrow    Riyadh's Qualitative Events Enrich its Winter, Attract World Attention    SFDA: Fat is a Source of Energy and Its Abundance is Linked to Chronic Diseases    Reflections on celebration of Christmas    Royal Commission for AlUla to Hold Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022, Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo    Saudi Arabia's Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Organizes a Dance Theatrical Show for Children    Saudi Arabia rebuffs UN resolution on 'sexual orientation'    Kabir Khan eyes on joint Indian – Saudi film projects    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Border-free Europe unlikely before start 2008-Finns
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 01 - 12 - 2006

The European Union's new member
states are unlikely to join the border-free "Schengen" area
before the start of 2008 at the earliest, the Finnish EU
presidency said on Friday, according to Reuters.
The EU originally planned to let the 10 mostly ex-communist
states that entered the bloc two years ago into the borderless
area in October 2007.
"It could be perhaps the internal border checks will be
abolished perhaps at the beginning of 2008 at the best," an
official of the Finnish EU presidency said.
The Schengen visa agreement was created in 1985 to end
internal border checkpoints and controls. There are currently 15
members, including two non-EU members Iceland and Norway.
Interior Ministers of the 25 EU member states will decide at
a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday on what kind of border check
database they will put in place to accomodate the new members.
The process has been slowed by appeals against tenders for
the construction of the database as wells as by slow progress
made by national governments and the European Parliament on
drafting laws providing for the expansion.
However, some diplomats from new member states have said
some "old" EU countries may be using technical hurdles as a
pretext to delay the Schengen enlargement at a time of growing
public fears about the impact of immigration.
The EU newcomers are Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia,
Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and
Slovenia. Bulgaria and Romania are due to join the EU at the
start of 2007.

Clic here to read the story from its source.