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EU president sees Romania, Bulgaria joining border pact soon

25 April 2012, 22:10 CET
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(SOFIA) - An agreement allowing Bulgaria and Romania to join the European Union's open-border Schengen treaty should be reached in September, European Union President Herman Van Rompuy said Wednesday.

Currently, the Schengen area spans 26 European nations and allows for free movement between member countries.

While France and Germany have supported Romania and Bulgaria's entry into the zone, the Dutch government has opposed the move over corruption fears.

The Netherlands is currently gripped by a political crisis after its cabinet collapsed Monday.

"I have a strong conviction that in September we could find a solution on the accession of Romania and Bulgaria," Van Rompuy said at a press conference in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

The two nations have "agreed on some confidence-enhancing measures, they are implementing this, even increasing their credibility," Van Rompuy said.

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