A majority of Dutch parliamentarians voted in favor of a motion not to take “irreversible steps” to allow Romania and Bulgaria into open border areas of the Schengen Agreement pending further investigation into corruption and organized crime.
Created by Jeroen van Wijngaarden of the ruling VVD, the motion was supported by various parties including the Socialist Party, BIJ1 and the far right.
current fact finding The motion says the mission to investigate rule of law and reducing corruption and organized crime will be limited in scope before asking the Dutch government to conduct its own investigation..
The government has long opposed Romania and Bulgaria joining.
The Dutch vote comes two days after the European Parliament passed a motion calling on Schengen member states to allow them access to the EU free movement area by the end of the year.
Romania and Bulgaria meet the criteria and should be allowed to join the Schengen Agreement immediately. Some member states have moved the goalposts and blocked accession for purely domestic political reasons. In times like these, solidarity, unity and a long-term vision should take precedence. https://t.co/tClOUamDW7
— Sophie of ‘t Veld (@SophieintVeld) October 18, 2022
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