Luxemburg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in Bucharest, on Tuesday, that his country would do everything in its power so that Romania and Bulgaria could become members of the Schengen area in the following months. He also said that ‘it would be good that national policies in Europe to be put behind European ones’. ‘In the EU we are 27 (member states – our note) and we all have the same rights and obligations. We are not 25 + 2, we are 27. I believe this is the philosophy that should predominate in the European Union. There are no more advantaged and more disadvantaged countries, we are all on equal footing. I am convinced the idea will win in the EU and Luxembourg will do all it can so that Romania and Bulgaria can become members of the Schengen area in the coming months,’ said Asselborn. In fact, the FM of Luxembourg also said Romania was already ‘de facto’ connected to the Schengen system. Minister Teodor Baconschi in turn reminded that Romania and Luxembourg were connected after the signing of the Treaty for Romania’s Acession to the European Union in 2005, as well as through the ‘beautiful co-operation’ in 2007, when Luxemburg and the Roanain city of Sibiu were togetehr European Capitals of Culture.