What is Schengen?

The Schengen Agreement, signed on 14 June 1985, and the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, signed on 19 June 1990, abolished the internal borders of the participating Member States and created a territory without borders, called the Schengen area.

The Schengen Agreement and Convention provide for a stricter control of external borders, a closer cooperation between justice and police and bring the visa and asylum policy in line.

The Schengen Agreement and Convention and the rules that relate to them, constitute the Schengen Acquis. Since 1999 the Schengen Acquis integrated into the legal and institutional framework of the EU.