Romania blocks entry of Dutch flowers

19th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

A consignment of flower imports from the Netherlands has been blocked at the Romanian border according to the EUobserver website. The Romanian authorities say they fear the blooms, seeds and bulbs are contaminated with “dangerous bacteria”.

Six lorries carrying Dutch flowers were stopped at the border on Saturday, just one day after the Dutch government said it would veto Romania’s request to join Europe’s border free zone under the Schengen agreement at a ministerial meeting next Thursday. The Romanian authorities believe the Dutch position is due to its minority cabinet’s dependence on the anti-migration Freedom Party. The Dutch say Romania should do more to fight corruption before becoming a Schengen country.

The six lorry loads will have to wait a few days until clearance following laboratory tests. Last year, Romania imported over 20 million euros' worth of Dutch flowers.

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