Published:  12:21 AM, 14 September 2017

Romania and Bulgaria to join Schengen

Romania and Bulgaria have finally been granted permission to join the Schengen Area paving the way for citizens to move freely throughout the bloc, reports

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker made the announcement in his state of the union address on Wednesday.  He said: "It is high time to bring Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen Area. "And incidentally Croatia too deserves full membership of the Schengen Area as soon as all of the criteria are met.

"All but two member states are duty bound to join the Euro area. These member states need the support of a euro accession instrument." The area is made up of 26 member states which have abolished passport and border control.

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