Does anyone know why all these countries are so eager to join the Schengen? There may be some financial reasons I am not aware of (e.g. extra funds from Brussels to help maintain the common border) – in fact, I strongly suspect there’s got to be something there for the candidate countries’ elites for them to want to join so bad – but perhaps they’re also assuming it will help their tourist arrivals (because it’ll be all “seamless”).
Maybe it will. But I wouldn’t be so sure. EU citizens already don’t need any visas, by definition, and I can’t see how the membership will increase their numbers. But if I am in Europe as a non-EU country national, forced to count every day of my 90 allowed, well… no offense, Romania, Croatia, and the rest, but there are going to be quite a few places a bit higher on my wish list.