German FM: Bulgaria and Romania could join Schengen by the end of 2011

Bulgaria and Romania will be part of the Schengen area very soon, this is the general trend and it is quite clear, German foreign ministry state secretary Werner Hoyer said in Berlin on March 23 2011.

The two countries have made efforts to comply with the Schengen requirements and have the ambition to meet all the criteria by the end of the Hungarian EU presidency in June 2011, but there are still doubts whether this will happen within the deadlines, he said.

Hoyer said that Bulgaria should focus on the control of its Turkish border, while Romania needed to pay attention to rooting out endemic corruption.

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