A large majority of the European Parliament has voted in favour of a resolution stating that Bulgaria and Romania have met all the conditions for joining the passport-free Schengen area, and should be admitted. Earlier this year their entry was blocked by the Netherlands and Finland.
German MEP Manfred Weber questioned the Dutch and Finnish motives.
“The Netherlands’ and Finland’s refusals have nothing to do with facts, nothing to do with objective criteria. It’s obvious that there is political motivation, because obviously right-wing populist parties made use of their veto. I’m asking myself if the European Council will admit – because we have to deal with this subject – that right-wing populist parties can block important decisions in the European Union.”
The resolution passed on Thursday urges member states to base their decision purely on Schengen entry criteria, and to respect the EU legal framework.
This what Romanian MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu had to say.
“In this very moment we are in an ambiguous situation. I never ever found myself in a similar situation. There’s no decision, no clear perspective. There seems to be nothing final, we don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s true that the European Union is based on confidence, but it’s also based on respect and this respect should be mutual.”
Now the resolution has been passed the matter could be settled as early as next week at the EU summit in Brussels.