BRUSSELS, June 5 (Xinhuanet) -- The European Commission (EC), the executive
of the European Union (EU), on Sunday hailed the positive results of Swiss
referendum over Schengan Area.
"We welcome the democratic decision of the Swiss people, which have accepted the agreement on the Swiss association to the Schengan area," said a written
declaration issued jointly by commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and
Commissioner Franco Frattini.
"The participation of Switzerland in the Schengan area will strengthen the
European space of free movement of persons without controls at the internal
borders," said the declaration.
The two commissioner believed that the ratification of these association
agreements is an "important step" in the relations between Switzerland and the
"On the one hand, freedom of movement will obviously be facilitated; on the
other hand, the cooperation on internal security can be strengthened," they
On June 14, 1985, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg
signed an agreement on free of visa in Schengan, a small town in Luxembourg. The
agreement entered into force in 1995.
Except Britain and Ireland, all other 13 old EU member states are in the
Schengan Area. The ten new EU member states also show the intention to join the