Austria maintains its decision to oppose Romania’s accession to Schengen. Announcement of the Minister of the Interior from Vienna

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 7:32 p.m

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The Austrian Minister of the Interior Gerhard Karner reaffirmed on Wednesday, December 7, on the public radio station ORF, his country’s decision to veto the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area, due to the increase in illegal migration this year, reports the EFE agency.

According to the Austrian minister, his country’s veto is “an urgent call” to the European Commission to take measures leading to a more effective control of the EU’s external borders in order to curb the illegal entry of migrants into the territory of the community block, especially on the Balkan route.

The “over 100,000 asylum applications” registered this year in Austria justify the decision taken by the government in Vienna, Minister Gerhard Karner indicated.

According to him, about 40% of the migrants who arrive in Austria arrive in this country after initially arriving by plane in Serbia, and another 40% cross Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia or Hungary by land.

Minister Gerhard Karner reaffirmed that approximately three quarters of asylum seekers arriving in Austria were not previously registered in any other EU member country through which they passed.

Referring to Thursday’s meeting of the Justice and Internal Affairs Council (JAI), the Austrian minister said that first Croatia’s accession to the Schengen area will be voted on, to which Austria is not opposed, and then Romania’s accession will be discussed and of Bulgaria.

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