Romania receives Schengen area setback

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Series Details 19.9.12
Publication Date 19/09/2012
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Romania’s hopes of joining the EU’s Schengen passport-free zone were thwarted in September 2012 after several member states said its membership would be premature amid the continued political turmoil in the east European country.

A meeting of EU interior ministers scheduled for the 19 September 2012, during which officials were supposed to vote on Romania’s accession to the border-free zone, was postponed after Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium made it clear they were not ready to support Bucharest’s admission.

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