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Schengen, in simple terms

de Dani Rockoff, transl. A.C.     HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 10 noiembrie 2010, 14:06 English | Top News

On April 2005, on the Mosel river, 27 trees were seeded as a gift from Romania to the Schengen commune, bordering Germany, France and Luxembourg. By this gesture, Romania marked the signing of the treaty to join the EU. The trees grew and Romania joined the EU. Now, the trees are well grown and in March next year, when the trees will bloom for the seventh time, Romania wishes to join Schengen. The Schengen area, which represents a white check. 

As Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU, it gained freedom of movement, new labor and gain opportunities, a new identity. The reform of the state's institutions and access to EU funds contributed to the enthusiasm. 

Now, on the agenda is joining Schengen. However, is this just a technical issue which states need to comply with? In Theory it is but in practice, it is a problem of 21.5 million Romanians, of 7.6 Bulgarians and about 500 million Europeans. 

The freedom of movement brough about both good and bad things. Counterfeit, human trafficking - the criminality Europenized. 

In a study released in October this year by the Romanian Center for European policies, Cirprian Ciucu declared that joining Schengen in 2011 is a political move bcause the quality of life of Romanians and Bulgarians will not improve.

The psyhological or political effect of joining Schengen are perceived only by a few. If for some it is a matter of national pride, or political interests, for the majority, joining Schengen will mean they will be able to move goods without bribing customs. 
Because of the this, the quality and morality of their life will improve because they exit the corruption and bribe circle. However, there will be rules and controls within Schengen. 

Customs officers will be authorized to control cars in parking lots, in gas stations or just on roads. The same controls are valid for trains or planes. Mobile control units function within Schengen to supervise the movement of goods. This refers not only to quantities of goods allowed for a company or for a private citizen but also to the implementation of interdictions and restrictions like: the protection of morality, order and public safety; protection of health and life; protection of the environment; cultural protection; copyright protection. 
























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