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Romania’s Schengen accession delayed indefinitely

The decision regarding Romania and Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area has been put back to an unspecified date

October 2011 - From the Print Edition

The decision regarding Romania and Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area has been put back to an unspecified date, after Poland, which currently holds the EU presidency, did not submit the move for a voting session by the Directorate-General for Justice and Home Affairs of the European Union, because of opposition from the Netherlands and Finland last month.
Locally, the decision met a mixed response. The Romanian-Dutch Chamber of Commerce voiced its support for Romania’s accession to the Schengen zone. Ben Jager, executive president of the Dutch Romanian Network and Honorary Consul General of Romania, said, “We would like to ask all involved members of the government(s) to break the deadlock in the negotiations. We propose a more pragmatic path. In this matter we would like to draw attention to the compromise of Germany and France, which proposed a two-step scenario.”
Adding his view, Peter de Ruiter, head of the Romanian-Dutch Chamber of Commerce, said “Romania’s Schengen accession would be beneficial for the free movement of both people and goods. It will help intra-community trade and could stimulate Romania’s attractiveness to foreign direct investment in sectors such as manufacturing, assemblage, transport and logistics. The Netherlands already is the largest foreign investor in Romania and we believe Romania’s accession to Schengen would also be in the interest of the Dutch business community, leading to stronger commercial exchange between the two countries.”
Meanwhile, Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Baconschi said that the current delay in a decision regarding Romania’s accession was better than a no vote, “leaving the discussion open for this month’s session of the EU’s Directorate-General.”

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