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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 09:49 GMT 10:49 UK


Special Report





A traveller's guide to Schengen

What do the Schengen arrangements mean for European travellers - a passport free paradise or Fortress Europe?





Background to Schengen Agreement

The free movement of peoples has been one of the main goals of the European Union, or EU, ever since its inception forty years ago. However it has been very slow coming about and it was only in 1985 that five countries - France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany - signed an agreement to end controls on their internal frontiers in the small Luxembourg town of Schengen.








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