The decision considering the suppression of Romanian visas was unanimously interpreted as the fall of one of the last obstacles to the freedom of movement. Since the 1st January 2002, Romanian citizens may enter the Schengen area without visas.
The AER considers itself as one of the European actors having contributed to this decision, especially in view of its resolution produced last year.
Recently, 70 Romanian citizens which fulfilled all requirements for entry into the country were stopped at Greek customs. Border police claimed that the tourists could not provide proof of having paid for accommodation for their stay in Greece. The AER expresses its concern regarding the unnecessary limits applicable to entry Greece. The situation seems to be unclear between the border police and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hopefully, the Ministry will quickly publish the list of requirements for Romanians wishing to enter the country.
The decision concerning the suppression of visas must not remain symbolic, but have a 100% real impact.
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