No decision on Romanias Schengen candidacy expected this week - sources.

By bne IntelliNews March 7, 2013
The Justice and Home Affairs Council of the EU will not tackle Romania's and Bulgaria's Schengen candidacy at its meeting this week, unofficial sources quoted by Hotnews confirmed. Several countries have expressed concerns on the cadidacy, unofficial sources within the Irish EU presidency reportedly confirmed. The confirmation comes after Germany, meanwhile backed by other EU members of the Schengen area, claimed that Romania is not prepared to join the borderless area. Despite the investments in border control equipment, Romania lags behind in terms of judiciary reforms and anti-corruption actions, the opponents of Romania's Schengen candidacy claim. The past two reports issued under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism support such views, even if formally the Schengen agreement is not linked to judiciary reforms.

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