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Hungarian Deputy Prime-Minister Zsolt Semjen: Postponing Romania, Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen unacceptable

Hungary’s Deputy Prime-Minister Zsolt Semjen said on Tuesday that the postponement of Romania and Bulgaria’s entry to the Schengen border free area was unacceptable.

The Hungarian official said Romania was right to complain about the way in which Brussels was dealing with its candidacy for Schengen, according to MTI, quoted by Agerpres.

Semjen noted that Romania and Bulgaria had fulfilled the Schengen entry criteria but that new things were being added in order to block he process. The deputy prime minister of Hungary stressed such thing was unacceptable and noted that slowing down Romania and Bulgaria’s accession to the border free area on grounds of immigration or minorities issues was unreasonable, as such things were unrelated to the Schengen border matters.

 

Wolfgang Bosbach, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag:Romania will not join in 2015

 

Previously, Wolfgang Bosbach, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag, said Romania would not join Schengen in 2015, informs Mediafax. The German official thinks the election of Klaus Iohannis as president does not mean that the political situation in the country will fundamentally change. According to ‘Der Spiegel’, the Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Bosbach, told ‘Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung’ that Romania would not join the Schengen Area in the course of this year.

‘There is no doubt about the fact that major expectations and hopes are tide to the election of Iohannis. However, those alone do not fundamental change the political situation in Romania’, the CDU MP stressed.

‘Doubts about Romania’s joining the Schengen Area persist. (…) [Romania] will not reach that objective in 2015’, Wolfgang Bosbach said.

The statement made by the German official follows a statement Romanian President Klaus Iohannis had made for ‘Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung’ that he would make efforts so that Romania would join the border free area this year. ‘I would be very happy if this issue was resolved’, Iohannis said in his interview for the German publication.

Germany was one of the countries that have opposed the acceptance of Romania into Schengen with the argument that Bucharest was not making enough progress in its fight against corruption and organised crime, ‘Der Spiegel’ notes.

Asked if she would support Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen in March 2015, Angela Merkel said the German Government was waiting for the CVM report in order to make its decision.

‘I have always said Bulgaria has made big progress. If a decision is possible to make is March, the [German] Government will only decide in February, also considering the CVM report we will receive from the European Commission’, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a joint press conference with Bulgarian PM Boris Borisov on 15 December 2014

The CVM report for Romania and Bulgaria is due in January.

 

 

 

 

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