NGO: Romania close to fully meeting Schengen criteria

Romania has reached and advanced state in implementing Schengen requirements and is generally ready to join the border-free zone, but still needs to work on various fields, including air border security, a report of the non-governmental organisation Romanian Center for European Policies (CREP) reads, according to Agerpres.
Among the problems signalled by the report regarding the country’s stage of preparation for joining Schengen are technical issues regarding the Schengen Intelligence System, air borders (Bucharest – Henri Coanda Airport and Timisoara – Traian Vuia Airport), Roma’s social integration, the European Commission’s mechanism of cooperation and verification on justice issues but also political problems, such as the resignation of Vasile Blaga as interior minister last month.CERP director Cristian Ghinea told a press conference yesterday that his organisation will present another report on the country’s Schengen accession preparations at the end of the year. Project coordinator Ciprian Ciucu also detailed Romania’s sensitive problems in the accession process and made a series of recommendations. He criticised some state institutions’ lack of transparency and their refusal to cooperate with the NGO for the report.

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