EU free movement borders 2010 H5N1Z

Szczecin Zone in pale blue

The Szczecin Agreement is a European Union based treaty signed in 2006 in the city of Szczecin, in Western Poland. It acted as a replacement to the Schengen Agreement as a response to the H5N1Z crisis. Its signing was available to a strict list of EU Member states, much to the annoyance of states such as Belgium and Netherlands that were not invited. It acted to reduce the level of the free-movement zone in hopes of containing the infection. Strict controls were placed on people entering, but it is perceived to be easier than attempting to enter Italy which had left the EU and found itself encountering many French refugees.

In 2007, it also became the base for the European Danger Zone, a categorisation of the level of infection and necessary border controls and adopted throughout most European and North African nation states including those outside of the European Union.

Member States

With populations in thousands.

  • Austria - 8,365
  • Czech Republic - 10,483
  • Denmark - 5,542
  • Estonia - 1,352
  • Finland - 5,420
  • Germany - 88,575
  • Hungary - 10,353
  • Latvia - 2,410
  • Lithuania - 3,541
  • Poland - 45,920
  • Slovakia - 6,003
  • Slovenia - 2,701
  • Sweden - 10,743

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