Romania invites Dutch to observe border controls

12th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Romania's Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi has invited the Dutch authorities to come and observe border controls in Romania.

The move comes in the wake of The Hague's decision to veto Romania's application to join the European open-border area created by the Schengen Agreement. In September, the Netherlands and Finland vetoed Bucharest's application, as neither country trusted the measures in place at Romania's border crossings. The Netherlands also said Romania must do more to fight corruption before it can join the Schengen zone.

European Union countries are scheduled to debate enlarging the Schengen area again later this month. It appears that Minister Baconschi is hoping to persuade the Netherlands that Bucharest is doing all it can to secure Europe's borders and win Dutch backing in the upcoming round of voting.

Mr Baconschi told Agerpres: He also claimed that Finland is keen to solve the impasse and suggested that the best way to do that would be to allow experts from the Netherlands and Finland to observe the Romanian border authorities at work.

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