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Germany urges EC to take action against Romania on immigrants’ issue




The Interior Ministry was taken by surprise, says Romania fulfills all the technical and legal conditions to join the Schengen area. It claims that the issue must not be correlated with the Roma problem.

After France announced that Romania and Bulgaria do not qualify for being included in the Schengen area, the German Interior Minister accused the reduced degree of absorption of European funds in these countries and asked the European Commission to take action. Targeted are the projects of social integration of the Roma ethnics and, therefore, the reduction of the immigration. The issue was discussed on Tuesday at the Justice and Home Affairs Council, but the Ministry of Interior has not communicated anything on the subject, according to RFI.
After a German court ruled that a family of Romanian immigrants to have the right to social public funds named Hartz IV, the German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in an interview with the Rheinische Post that the verdict will be a reason for increases of the migratory flow into the Federal Republic from the poor countries of Europe.
“The life standards and the average incomes’ level differ very much in the European countries. If the court’s decision will be final, then it is obvious that it will represent a reason of immigration’s increases into Germany,” the minister said in an interview with the German newspaper.
Friedrich demanded that Romania and Bulgaria be required to pay for the improvement of the life standards of the Roma minority in these states. The European Commission “must be sure that the European funds available to these two countries are being used”. Minister Friedrich also said that these issues have been discussed in the JHA Council last Tuesday. With the European funds should be improved the social support systems especially for the Roma community.
RFI reported on Friday about the verdict pronounced by the German Court and was the only that identified the potential of a new scandal targeting the Schengen accession and the lifting of the restrictions on the labor market starting January 1, 2014.
The Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs stated yesterday that it is surprised by the information appeared in the public space which suggests that Germany would oppose Romania’s accession to the Schengen area and reaffirmed that Romania fulfills all the technical and legal conditions to join the Schengen area and that any decision taken by the member states should not be correlated with the Roma issue.

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