Hungary Reiterates June Schengen Entry of Bulgaria, Romania

Hungary Reiterates June Schengen Entry of Bulgaria, Romania

Hungary, which is currently holding the rotating EU presidency, reiterated its commitment to Schengen accession of Romania and Bulgaria by the end of its term in June.

According to Czech newspaper Pravo, Hungarian Minister of Interior Sandor Pinter said he was hopeful that both countries will meet the technical requirements for Schengen in time for a June entry.

The Hungarian EU Presidency has been quite supportive of the accession to the free movement zone of neighboring Romania and Bulgaria, which was initially planned for March.

Nevertheless, since at least December, major EU members France and Germany have voiced acrimonious opposition to Schengen accession of the two countries at this point, raising concerns regarding corruption and the functioning of the judiciary and law enforcement organs.

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