Romania and Bulgaria’s adhesion to Schengen was postponed, Hungarian Interior minister Sandor Pinter declared, quoted by the German news agency dpa. The Hungarian official, whose country now holds the EU presidency declared that both countries still have to fulfill a series of requirements so that the deadline is impossible to be met.
UPDATE 11:50 AM Hungarian Interior ministry Spokesperson declared for HotNews.ro that they will issue a press release clarifying the information published by dpa news agency.
Romania and Bulgaria have many things to do, the Hungarian official declared. These requirements could be fixed by June, so that the two countries could join in October, Pinter said. The Hungarian minister said that his country will continue to sustain Romania and Bulgaria to join Schengen.
The German press wrote, in the last period that the adhesion of the two countries to Schengen provoked a series of controversies in the EU. Germany and France threatened to oppose as they expressed their concerns related to the internal EU security. German and French authorities also urged Romania and Bulgaria to intensify efforts to fight against corruption and organized crime.