EU interior ministers postpone Bulgarias entry into Schengen area.

By bne IntelliNews September 26, 2011
EU interior ministers delayed the decision concerning the entry of Bulgaria and Romania into the Schengen area after the veto of the Netherlands and Finland, informs. Netherlands interior minister Gerd Leers has commented that Netherlands is not likely to consider the topic before the next EC report on organised crime fight has been released in February next year. Leers explained that there are still significant shortcomings obeying the rule of law, cases of top officials corruption and organized crime in the practice of the judiciary. Also, he expressed concern about the issue of trafficking of young girls, guns and drugs through the Bulgarian and Romanian borders and the lack of confidence in the work of border control, which can result in importing crime into the EU. The Polish presidency has proposed gradual entry of the two countries by removing the air and maritime traffic control as a first stage this year, followed by removing the control on the land roads next year.

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