Romania slams EU Schengen move as 'discrimination'

21st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Romanian President Traian Basescu on Tuesday slammed as "discrimination" a decision by France and Germany to block Bulgaria and Romania from joining Europe's passport-free 25-nation Schengen travel area next year.

French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux and German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere earlier told the European Commission in a letter that it was "premature" to let them enter Schengen in March 2011, said spokesman Michele Cercone.

"I believe that the Franco-German letter sent to the European Commission is an act of discrimination against Romania," Basescu told reporters.

© 2010 AFP

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