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December 2, 2021

New test in Schengen accession process

These days, Romania is being put to a new test in its process of accession to the Schengen Area – a seventh visit by the evaluation commission experts who are here to re-assess air border preparedness amidst European voices showing scepticism as to the realism of a March accession. The visit of the Schengen experts during November 15-17 is the only re-assessment they required in the process of accession to the Schengen Area. The experts will evaluate the progress made in the modernisation of the ‘Traian Vuia’ Timisoara and ‘Henri Coanda’ Bucharest – Otopeni Airports. The Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI) says the two airports have been upgraded to adequate standards and are ready for evaluation. Apart from the two airports, the Schengen evaluation experts also want to visit the road and rail border crossing points at Moravita, Timisoara County. MAI says the experts will want to see how the two sites have been modernised but note that, as far as the two border points are concerned, it is not an evaluation, but just a fact-finding visit.

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