BUDAPEST, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Hungarian President Laszlo Solyomhailed here on Thursday his country's joining the Schengen zone, saying Hungary could feel in the heart of Europe, and move within the countries of Europe at ease with the comforts of being at home,the Hungarian news agency MTI reported.
Speaking just a few hours before Hungary's entry into the common border control Schengen zone, Solyom said "A freedom is being restored which (Hungary) has been wanting for a hundred years."
Solyom said with the borders becoming elusive, regions that belong together economically or geographically but whose parts are in different countries can now work better together.
On the subject of neighboring countries with ethnic Hungarian communities that are not part of the European Union, Solyom said he would do all he can so that their entry into Hungary is facilitated.
Hungary will join the European Union's common border control system at midnight on Dec. 20. From that time on, control on its land border with Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia will become a thing of the past.
Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany and Austrian Federal Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer are scheduled to meet at the Hegyeshalom-Nickelsdorf border-crossing point and issue a joint statement. Hungarian Foreign Minister Kinga Goncz and Justice and Law Enforcement Minister Albert Takacs will also attend the event.