Romania Foreign Minister: Only Bulgaria Failed Schengen Test
Several EU states have opposed Bulgaria's Schengen entry, while Romania's final report has been entirely positive, according to Romania's Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi.
France, Germany and Finland have expressed their concerns towards Bulgaria's Schengen readiness, while the report on Romania has not shown any irregularities, Baconschi has pointed out before Romanian pundits.
He has been positive that Bulgaria will cope with Schengen's technical criteria by the end of March 2011.
"We have done our homework and the level of preparations for the accession [to Schengen] has been confirmed by no fewer than seven evaluation missions. So I would say de facto we already are in Schengen," Baconschi said also on Sunday in an interview for the Financial Times.
"As neighbouring countries [Bulgaria and Romania], we would like to preserve a sense of active solidarity between us. And we hope that if this lack of compliance [by Bulgaria] to the technical criteria is officially confirmed, they will be able to solve the problem very rapidly," the Romanian Foreign Minister has stated.
On January 14 2011, the final report of EU experts on Bulgaria's preparedness for accession to the Schengen Agreement has concluded that the country has not met the technical criteria to join borderless European Schengen Area.The greatest issue for Bulgaria, according to the EC experts, is the border control on its land border with Turkey, which will become an external border for the Schengen Area once Bulgaria joins.
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"Romania feels mad on France."
Not exactly. Many Romanians are dissatisfied and angry with the policy of the French government towards Romania in the last year or so. Romania as a country cannot "feel" anything.
"Sarkozy virtually destroyed in one year a friendship built over centuries."
Nope. He did not manage to do that.
The cultural bonds remain strong.
Romania feels mad on France. From all the EU countries, France was the last to expect from of getting stabbed. Sarkozy virtually destroyed in one year a friendship built over centuries.
It became crystal clear for Romanians they can not trust France: the gypsy issue, the Schengen and selling hitech military equipment to Russia, all happened in one year.
Well Buddy, coincidence or not, but less than 30 minutes after my post, Novinite published the fact that the Romanians in 2011 already busted 192 criminals with an int'l search warrant!
Why can't Bulgaria do this? Instead of arresting them, they inform them to take care!
LOL.... but Philippe always knows everything better then every body else, like his Doctor Goebbels friend....
Obviously Romanian formulations cloak up the undiplomatic Romanian reality. Its always easier to point on somebody else... however tome will show where the real problems are coming from.
"The greatest issue for Bulgaria, according to the EC experts, is the border control on its land border with Turkey, which will become an external border for the Schengen Area once Bulgaria joins."
Nice diplomatic talk.
The real issues are:
1. All these BG AKA's with a search warrant, will have free access to the other countries;
2. The BG criminal world will have access to the police databases;
BG should arrest the criminals and extradite them to the countries where they are under investigation.
Sorry for the Romanians.