26th Anniversary sees spirit of Schengen agreement in danger
While Europe has every reason to celebrate the passport free travel of 400 Million EU citizens, the future of this spirit of mobility is under threat. On 9 June, the EU Home Affairs Ministers Council indefinitely postponed the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area despite a European Parliament vote of 8 June in favour. In addition, the debate on the future of Schengen and EU migration policy is dominated by unwarranted preoccupations with border security deliberations as well as initiatives to re-introduce national border controls.
Thus, the principles of free mobility and migrant rights are superseded as SOLIDAR repeatedly pointed out in previous Weekly Round Up articles. SOLIDAR and its members continue to campaign for a rights based approach to migration, the related portability of these rights and a focus on the push factors for migration: poverty, lack of decent work opportunities and violations of human and labour rights.