4 March 2013, 09:09

Germany may bloc Bulgaria, Romania accession to Schengen area - official

Germany may bloc Bulgaria, Romania accession to Schengen area - official

Germany is poised to block Bulgaria’s and Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in an interview with the Spiegel news magazine published on Sunday.

According to him, if Romania and Bulgaria insist on a vote, the approach will fail because of a German veto that may be supported by the Netherlands.

The two nations have seen their accession repeatedly delayed due to concerns over their failure to contain corruption and organized crime.

The topic will be discussed during talks between the Foreign Ministers of EU countries in Brussels on Thursday.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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