Dutch block Schengen zone expansion

1st December 2011, Comments 2 comments

Next week’s EU summit will consider a proposal to allow Rumania and Bulgaria to join the passport-free Schengen zone.

The Netherlands is the only country still opposed to the proposed expansion. The Hague argues that the two prospective Schengen members have failed to take adequate measures against organised crime and corruption.

The European Commission on Wednesday confirmed its support for a compromise proposal submitted by the other EU member states, which would see border checks lifted in two phases. European Euro Commissioner Olli Rehn said in the European Parliament that the compromise was both practical and politically wise.


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2 Comments To This Article

  • Nicholaus Rotterdamus posted:

    on 1st December 2011, 11:29:17 - Reply

    I agree with Dutch position despite the fact that I am Romanian living in Rotterdam.
    Above comment is describing a very small side of the corruptions. The big concerns are the trucks full of cigarettes coming from Moldavia and Ukraine without paying taxes.
    Also an army of trucks full of fruits and vegetables flooding Romania from Turkey, also not paying taxes. Hilarious Romania is a bananas exporter in EU countries, no joking!
    Not to mention thousands of cars stolen from EU and disappearing in Romania….
    Also if Dutch Politie is catching a Romanian mobster and expel him in Romania….guess what? In two months he’s back in business with a new identity like a new baby born.
    God Bless All Honest Romanian! Today 1st of December is the Romanian National Day however it will take 20 years from now to attain EU standards and civilization.
  • HTD posted:

    on 1st December 2011, 10:59:24 - Reply

    Romania remains problematic. It's old regime formed a model for acceptable and widespread corruption that still permeates Romanian society. Police have enough problems with the bands of Romanian pick-pockets and other forms of crime and fraud that comes with their current migration without opening the door wide open to more problems.
    I fully support the Dutch government's veto of Romania's entry into the Schengenland.