Gunther Krichbaum, Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on European Affairs, stated yesterday that Romania and Bulgaria met the technical criteria for Schengen accession but as long as the judiciary has problems the aforementioned criteria are not enough. The German politician considers that political turbulences in Romania played an important role in the postponement of the decision on Schengen accession. “The European Commission’s intervention was a fair one, the intransigent attitude of President Barroso in particular, because here we are not talking about involvement in a country’s internal affairs,” Krichbaum stated. He stated that things have to settle down. On the other hand, Oliver Grogan, Ambassador of Ireland to Bucharest, reiterated, during a meeting with Marian Tutilescu, secretary of state within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI), his country’s support for Romania’s Schengen accession. Ireland will take over the Council of the European Union’s Presidency in 2013.