Dutch to decide on Bulgaria, Romania Schengen bids by 2012
The Netherlands will decide in 2012 on Bulgaria and Romania's requests to join the European Union's visa-free Schengen regime after a two-year probation period, Immigration Minister Gerd Leers said Thursday.
"It is imperative that all adopted judicial reform measures in Romania and Bulgaria are effective and irreversible," Leers said.
"The Schengen system is based on mutual trust since we are asking new countries to effectively guard our collective borders. We will therefore carefully study the cooperation and verification mechanism reports on this matter, the next of which is expected soon."
A Dutch government source said that the next report was expected to be finalised in 2012.
"In any event, it is too early to take a decision now and it may take some time before we are in position to do so," said Leers.
© 2011 AFP