Bulgaria and Romania said in a joint declaration on Wednesday that they will work together for their entry to the Schengen border-free area. They stressed that they will not accept double standards in the shape of additional requirements which were not in place when other countries were admitted to Schengen earlier on. They will work in all fields, from private business to public administration, culture and education. The declaration was drawn up at a meeting in the Bulgarian city of Rousse, just across the Danube River from Romania.
It was written by the foreign affairs committees of the two countries' parliaments, the Bulgarian committee chief Dobroslav Dimitrov said in the presence of his Romanian counterpart Attila Korodi. The sides considered prioritizing the use of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region as an instrument for cross-river development during the current six-month Hungarian EU Presidency. They also underscored the importance of projects for the Roma, saying that the Roma issue "should become an European issue, because it is not just ours," according to Korodi.
The sides further stated that their transport ministries are considering the matter of Danube Bridge crossing charges. "As we join Schengen, we are even more strongly motivated to resolve the matter, because Danube Bridge becomes internal for the two countries," Dimitrov said. Sourse BTA