Skip to comments.ROMANIA THREAT TO OPEN BORDERS
Posted on 01/07/2011 5:41:02 PM PST by moonshinner_09
FEARS of a new wave of illegal immigrants into Europe were raised last night after Romania threatened to stop patrolling its eastern border.
The countrys president Traian Basescu has said he will drop border security in protest over a dispute about immigration restrictions on Romanian citizens.
His government is furious that the EU has blocked an application for full freedom-of-movement rights.
Now the row has triggered concerns that illegal immigrants will exploit a relaxation of security along Romanias borders with Moldova and Ukraine and its Black Sea coast borders already understood be key routes for those trying to enter Europe illegally from Asia and the Middle East.
The row erupted over Romanias application to join the Schengen Area, a 25-nation bloc which effectively has no internal border controls. EU officials admit the application was blocked because of concerns over corruption and organised crime.
President Basescu insists his country fulfils the technical requirements for Schengen membership and should be allowed in.
He added: Should we sit here like spineless worms or should we fight for the rights of the 22 million Romanians who have the right to respect?
Either we are equal partners or not. A member state meets its obligations and another state comes and says, No I have the veto right. I dont want to because of vague explanations that are convenient to me that dont have any legal basis.
However, last night an EU diplomat said: Its not only about having the equipment and meeting all technical standards, its also about the quality of the system and making sure the people within respect all the protocols.
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