European Commission said it straight forward on Wednesday, June 2: Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia should join the Schengen area.
The strategy of the European Commission is clear: the Schengen area has to be enlarged for the member countries to reinforce mutual trust between them, but also for the free travel of the citizens and goods from all the EU countries.
So far, Romania and Bulgaria are the countries that accomplish the conditions for entering Schengen. Not from now, not from yesterday, but 2011 and 2010 respectively. Based on this, the European Parliament has called for the European Commission to speed up the acceptance of the two in the space of free travel. Yet, countries such as France or the Netherlands blocked the accession of Romania and Bulgaria. Why?
Apparently, the reason behind the decision of blocking the accession of Romania and Bulgaria is the level of corruption in the two EU member states, which could interfere with their capacity to defend their borders, thus the European borders as well.
Now it is not the European Parliament, but the very European Commission itself which asked the European Council to get the agreement from all member states for the three countries to be accepted in the free-travel space. As the agreement from all the EU member states is required, if one single country slams the proposal, the space remains closed for the candidates.