Austria wants Romania and Bulgaria monitored after Schengen accession

The Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maria Fekter, said Romania and Bulgaria should be monitored if they accede to the Schengen Zone in 2011, according to, quoted by Mediafax. The minister believes the two states should do more to fight corruption. France, The Netherlands and Germany are also reluctant about Romania and Bulgaria signing the Schengen Agreement, Fekter pointed out.

On the other hand, the Romanian minister of Administration and Interior says the member states of the Salzburg Forum passed, in a ministry-level meeting last Wednesday, a joint statement to support the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen Zone, as provided by the accession calendar. In a different context, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said, late last week, in a meeting with the leaders of the European Parliament group dedicated to the future Hungarian presidency of the EU, that the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to Schengen is very important for the stability in the Balkan region, reports.

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