Dutch to decide on Bulgaria, Romania Schengen bids by 2012

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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

2 Comments To This Article

  • Henk krake posted:

    on 10th June 2011, 05:20:57 - Reply

    In view of the ongoing financial troubles Europe is trying to get fixed up, the cautious aproach to enlarging the E.U. membership seems to me the apropiate one.(mr.Leers)
    " crawl " before you run or pardon the pun: " count before you spent"
    Is the best and most sure way.
  • bob posted:

    on 9th June 2011, 11:01:54 - Reply

    Let the people vote in the existing schengen countries whether these 2 countries should join, the answer will be clear.