Norway dims Romania’s Schengen hopes ?
The news was reported Friday by the Russian Radiovesti, cited by the Bulgarian news agency ”Focus” and appeard in the most newspaper in Romania.
Oslo has said that there was a growing discontent even among common Norwegians regarding the prospective of Bulgaria and Romania joining Schengen, thus membership should be denied, otherwise the free area will be overrun by a new crime wave.
According to data of Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the EU, dangerous Bulgarian and Romanian gangs operate in 15 Member States.
An NGO in Oslo has started a petition against Bulgaria‘s and Romania‘s Schengen membership, after the authorities dismantled an illegal immigrant tent camp of 200 Bulgarian and Romanian Roma. The move was prompted by an avalanche of complaints from local people about piles of thrash and filth and danger of the spreading of diseases.
The two countries Schengen membership is to be debated once again in the fall.
The European Commission has considered Bulgaria and Romania ready to join the Schengen borderless area since 2010, but their bid has been blocked by a number of older EU members, led by the Netherlands, on grounds of poor border controls, corruption and lack of progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism.
Update: Saturday afternoon the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officialy commented that none of the Norwegian Governement representant has recently made any public statement regarding opposition to Romania s admission in Schengen area.
Also the Romanian Embassy in Oslo does not have any information about any Norwegian NGO collecting signatures for a petition against our country s admission in Schengen.