EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

EU Borders Will Stay Shut To Influx From Romania And Bulgaria

Posted by Info on 25/12/2010

Romania and Bulgaria are to be blocked from joining the EU’s borderless travel zone because of fears of an influx of organised criminals into western Europe.
The eastern European states hoped to enter the passport-free Schengen zone in March, which would allow the free movement of their citizens between 25 EU countries.

But France and Germany have urged the European Commission to postpone their inclusion indefinitely because of concerns about their failure to tackle corruption and organised crime since joining the EU three years ago.

Romania and Bulgaria have faced repeated criticism from the European Commission for their failure to deal with the problems. This has raised concerns about the countries’ ability to curb trafficking in people and drugs from eastern Europe to the west if they were allowed to join the Schengen zone.

Britain and Ireland are not in the Schengen zone and have separate entry requirements.

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