ROME, July 5 (KUNA) -- Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini warned on Friday that the government might suspend the Schengen treaty
to suspend free movement across national borders.
The Schengen Treaty
, named after the town where it was signed, allowed for the first time frictionless borders between European neighbours.
Kouzalis explained that the difference between the permanent residency and the citizenship investor is that the first cannot access Schengen countries without a visa because Cyprus is an EU member but not a member of the Schengen treaty
, while the latter can move all over the Schengen area.
Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, has called on the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, currently convening in Luxembourg, to grant countries who do not participate in the Schengen Treaty
, access to the Schengen system databases.
Being aware of the circumstances in Europe with the Euro in trouble, the Schengen Treaty
with its open borders policy in question, the massive influx of migrants pouring in to Europe via Greece, Turkey and other ports in the vicinity of Africa and Asia, as well as the discontent so apparent in many of the countries where the migrants head for, I wonder why our leaders wish us to remain in this chaotic situation, when we have a chance to extricate ourselves from it.
European countries are struggling to cope with the influx placing a heavy burden on economies and triggering civil unrest; others have raised the drawbridge threatening the free movement of EU nationals under the Schengen Treaty
. Moreover, in the few countries that initially put out a welcome mat, racism and bigotry are on the rise, feeding the far right wing.
On the one hand the Schengen treaty
countries and on the other the growing rolls of razor wire as certain EU governments eagerly mark out their borders with "Keep Out" signs and assert their national sovereignty once again.
"No decision has been taken regarding the question of whether or not tochange the Schengen treaty
," Mariano Rajoy said during an interview withCadena Ser radio.
For Cyprus, he said, "the reduction is estimated to be less than in other European countries because of the Schengen Treaty
- as Cyprus does not belong to the Schengen countries - so the issuance of visas for Cyprus will be much easier than for Spain, Greece and other European countries, and this may help somewhat."
Swiss authorities also designated him as persona non grata in all the European states part of the Schengen treaty
, including Italy.
Mr Whitley will moderate a panel of senior industry experts, from practitioners implementing the policies of the Schengen treaty
to those advising or developing the policies
Currently, the 26-nation Schengen treaty
allows renewal of border controls in case of a terror threat or security threats thrown up by sports or other events.