German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Romania

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Romania today. She said that Romania’s accession to the Schengen area will depend on the country’s observance of technical conditions to ensure the European Union’s external border security, and not on aspects regarding the social integration of Roma ethnics.

Merkel pointed out during a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc that in November, German authorities will asses the way Romania observed technical conditions to join the Schengen area, especially visa granting conditions, adding the assessment will be based on data offered by the European Commission.

The Romanian prime minister told Merkel Romania wants to finish the Schengen accession process in March 2011, and added that the country’s accession must not be impeded by political matters.

The German Chancellor will also meet with President Traian Basescu and will visit the “Babes-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, where she will be awarded an honorary degree.

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