Austrian Officers to Assist Document Checks at Bucharest Airport Following Schengen Entry

World » EU | January 8, 2024, Monday // 17:33
Bulgaria: Austrian Officers to Assist Document Checks at Bucharest Airport Following Schengen Entry

Romania's Schengen accession on March 31 brings about notable changes at Bucharest's Henri Coanda International Airport as Austrian officers will collaborate with Romanian counterparts in passport and document scrutiny. The collaboration aims to enhance border security and streamline identity verification processes for travelers entering the Schengen zone.

Catalin Predoiu, Romania's Minister of Internal Affairs, revealed plans for Austrian officers to support Romanian border police in validating identity documents. The assistance involves expert guidance from Austrian officers specializing in document authentication, providing crucial assistance in identifying potential counterfeit or incorrect documents.

As part of broader border security measures, Predoiu announced the deployment of 2,000 police officers from the European border service, "Frontex," to reinforce border protection in Romania and Bulgaria.

Highlighting the gradual nature of Romania's Schengen entry, Predoiu referenced Austria's similar process, emphasizing that this isn't Romania's exclusive or initial experience with phased Schengen integration.

After an 11-year wait, Bulgaria and Romania joined the European visa-free area for air and water borders on December 30, following the resolution of objections by the Netherlands and Austria. Discussions slated for 2024 will focus on further negotiations between Sofia, Bucharest, Vienna, and European institutions to eliminate border controls for land borders, although no specific timeline has been established.

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