LIECHTENSTEIN TO BECOME 26TH MEMBER STATE.

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Liechtenstein is to become the 26th member state of the Schengen area from 19 December 2011, following the adoption, by the 13 December Home Affairs Council, of a decision on the full application of provisions of the Schengen acquis in the Principality of Liechtenstein(1).

This accession' decision essentially allows putting an end to internal border control with Liechtenstein for land borders and to lift current restrictions on the use of the Schengen Information System (SIS). Until now, the Schengen states included the Union member states minus Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK, as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

However, the dossier on the accession of Bulgaria and Romania, also on the agenda of the...

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