Brüssel, 12. December 2008 Press release

Spindelegger: "Welcome, Schengen partner Switzerland!"

Clearly more freedom, but security remains the same

Brussels, 12 December 2008 - "Welcome to Schengenland! As of 12 December 2008, our relations with Switzerland will be characterised by a new and important feature: no more personal controls on the border between our two countries," stated Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger today. "Our two countries and their people are moving another bit closer together. Switzerland is well prepared for the new task," continued Spindelegger. "People will gain more freedom, but security will remain unchanged," concluded the Foreign Minister.

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