Swoboda: The issue of Romania’s joining Schengen could be solved after elections


During his visit to Romania, leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda said on Tuesday at Mioveni in Arges County that the issue of Romania and Bulgaria joining the Schengen Area could be solved after the European Parliament elections, as the two states meet the technical criteria.
Hannes Swoboda said that Romania and Bulgaria meet “the administrative requirements” to join the Schengen Area and hopes the two states will join this area after the EP elections, reports the Mediafax correspondent.
Swoboda said that Bulgaria has some problems due to difficulties at their border with Turkey, where refugees from Syria are entering the country.
“I hope that a decision regarding Schengen will be made after the EP elections. I hope we will be able to help Bulgaria manage the issue of their border with Turkey and that the two states, Romania and Bulgaria, will join the Schengen Area,” said the leader of the Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament.
As for Romania, Swoboda said our country is often associated with poverty and Roma ethnics, but that there are also fields of performance in Romania as well, giving the example of the car plant in Mioveni.
“Romania is very often associated with poverty and the issue of the Roma ethnics. There is poverty and there is an insufficient integration of the Roma population. But there is also Dacia plant, there is a high quality research centre which contributes to Renault’s success and there is a high quality nuclear research centre,” said leader of the S&D alliance Hannes Swoboda. He was present in Pitesti, Mioveni and Topoloveni on Tuesday, and one of the targets of his visit was a visit to Dacia Renault car plant, the Nuclear Research Institute and Topoloveni jam factory.

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