The European Union has further delayed a decision on accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the border-free Schengen Area. The EU interior ministers will again discuss the issue at the end of 2013 at the earliest.
A number of member states had a variety of issues of concern; among them are Germany and the Netherlands.
German Interior Minister said that Bulgaria and Romania do not meet the criteria to join Schengen zone. Among these areas he stressed the functionality of the judicial system, and as he says local governments in Germany are struggling to deal with an inflow of Romania citizens seeking welfare support in Germany.
The Dutch government believes that Romania has not sufficiently reformed its law-enforcement and judicial system and is not doing enough to ensure the rule of law.
As a possible compromise the ministers might approve a two-stage Schengen enlargement.