Bulgaria and Romania are not ready to join Schengen, according to reports from independent experts presented on Friday to EU member states, said a European diplomatic source quoted by the AFP.
The representatives of the member states discussed three reports in Brussels, and the conclusion was that the two countries are not yet ready to connect to the Schengen information system. As far as Bulgaria is concerned, it still has issues as far as maintaining the security of the frontier it shares with Turkey.
This means that Romania and Bulgaria stand few chances of joining Schengen at the end of March as it was initially stipulated due to the fact that Germany and France think this is “premature.”
A new mission of the EU experts will come to the two countries to verify that progress has been made.
The Schengen space includes 25 member states and allows more than 400 million people to travel freely without showing their passport.