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Next in Line – Romanians at the Gates of the EU (emigrants, border control, legislation)

Simina, Ovidiu Laurian. (2005) Next in Line – Romanians at the Gates of the EU (emigrants, border control, legislation). [Discussion Paper]

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    The first of May 2004 marked an important date in the history of Europe as a political, geographic, and social entity. After years of negotiations, ten European countries joined the European Union, bringing in their potential and expectations, adding a total population of 75 million people and a territory of 738,000 square kilometres: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The EU will continue its enlargement under the Luxembourg Presidency. The membership treaty with Bulgaria and Romania will be finalised with a view to signature in 25 April 2005, in order to join the EU by 2007. Once it has been signed, this will mark the end of the current accession cycle. Membership negotiations with Croatia should commence on 17 March 2005. In mid-December 2004 EU leaders endorsed eventual Turkish entry into the EU, but said that there could be permanent restrictions on freedom of movement for Turkish workers; earlier, the EU Parliament voted 407-262 in favour of Turkey's entry. Romania feels and acts like a European country. You will rather notice a European flag in Bucharest than in London, for example. Romania is not only a country who makes effort to join the European family, by introducing the necessary legal provisions in the national legislation, but it is already part of one, whole Europe, ruled by law, an area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Romania fights against immigration flows targeting Western Countries and guards the external border of European Union. In the same time, Romanians are spread all over Europe, living there alike other Europeans. Until the European Union Member States will decide that Romania truly deserves to join the family, Romanians have to prove that they do not only feel and act as Europeans, but they truly are Europeans.

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    Item Type: Discussion Paper
    Additional Information: The paper was presented in "The 4th International Immigration Conference", PWSBiA Independent University of Business and Administration, Warsaw, 21-23 November 2004. First published in "SISEC Discussion Papers", No.II/1, West University of Timisoara, Romania, February 2005. Revised paper published in conference study volume: Tadeusz Koźluk (ed.): The 4th International Immigration Conference (2004), pages 115-167, PWSBiA Conference and Seminars Series, Independent University of Business and Administration, Warsaw, 2005 ISBN 83-86031-78-6
    Uncontrolled Keywords: External border; European migration; labour mobility.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > immigration policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > free movement/border control
    Countries > Romania
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > West University of Timisoara, School of High Comparative European Studies (Timisoara) > (SISEC) Discussion Papers
    Depositing User: Ovidiu SIMINA
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2006
    Page Range: pp. 115-167
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:31

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