The Schengen convention is an agreement among European countries to abolish border controls between participating countries, harmonize external border controls, and organize cross-border police co-operation. It also implements a common visa area, whereby temporary visitors only need a single visa which is valid for all countries. The convention was originally signed by Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands in 1985, and has since expanded to include most European Union member states and several other countries.
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Schengen Agreement - Wikipedia
Background, history and current members.
Information about the Schengen visa for residents of the United States of America.
Internal Border Controls to be Lifted
A report from Finland’s 2006 EU presidency about the lifting of internal border controls between the new and old member states in the EU between 31 December 2007 and 29 March 2008.
The Schengen acquis and its integration into the Union
History and development of the Schengen area.
The Schengen Area
A short article in European Navigator about the creation of the area.
Full text of the convention of 1990.
Schengen Information System - Wikipedia
The information system used to implement the Schengen treaty. Lists people who are undesirable, requested for extradition, missing persons, suspects, stolen documents, vehicles, etc...
BBC: Fanfare for bigger border-free EU
Celebrations herald the enlargement of the Schengen zone to include nine more EU countries. (December 20, 2007)
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