The Economist a publicat un articol despre aderarea la spatiul Schengen a Romaniei si Bulgariei. Am discutat si eu, alaturi de alti oficiali, cu autorul articolului despre progresele Romaniei in lupta impotriva coruptiei si reforma justitiei si despre pozitia Olandei in raport cu acestea. Mai jos, articolul:
Bulgaria and Romania
A lighter shade of grey
EU membership has been good for the two countries, but is testing Eurocrats’ patience
OVER the past few millennia the Black Sea port of Constanta has faced many invaders and occupiers. But the Romans, Avars and Ottomans did not have to contend with the Stefan cel Mare, a border-patrol vessel equipped with surveillance radar, thermal-imaging cameras and a turret gun. On the bridge Catalin Paraschiv, the cheerful skipper, proudly shows off his craft as the sea ice melts outside.
The Stefan cel Mare was built with European Union funding to help Romania meet the requirements for Schengen, the EU’s passport-free travel zone. Some of the vessel’s 19-man crew travelled to the Netherlands to receive specialist training from Damen, the Dutch firm that designed its specifications. But the Dutch government has proved less helpful to the Schengen ambitions of Romania, as well as those of Bulgaria, its southern neighbour.