Bulgaria and Romania to join Schengen when they are ready, even if it takes years

Bulgaria and Romania must take as much time as they need in order to get one hundred percent ready for joining the Schengen Area, which will probably not be just a few months, according to the French EU affairs minister.

“If these two countries are ready in three months, it suits us. But if they are ready in two years their accession will be a fact in two years,” French Minister Laurent Wauquiez said. “Having in mind the reports that we have received, Bulgaria and Romania will definitely not accede the border-free area in three months, that’s for sure,” the French minister said, adding that Romania has put in much more efforts.

He proposed the setting up a large, EU-wide working group to help Bulgaria and Romania tackle their issues on their way to Schengen accession.

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