Germany is supporting Romania's efforts to accede to the Schengen Area, but it will postpone any definite statement on this issue until all the conditions are met, Germany's Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble said on Friday after a meeting in Bucharest with Romanian Interior Minister Cristian David.
Schauble also said if border check at the common borders in the EU is cancelled, people will worry about security, adding that Germany took the first steps toward cancelling border control in late 2007.
David said in the same context that a special department has been established with the Romanian Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reform (MIRA) and expert teams set up to help Romania meet the Schengen requirements for acceding to the Schengen Area in 2011. He added that Romania is minutely preparing for achieving this goal and Romanian and German experts are working directly to improve border security together with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space company (EADS).
The two ministers mentioned highly advanced cooperation between the interior ministries of Romania and Germany at various levels, including Romania's preparation for Schengen Area membership and security at Romania's borders, which in 2011 would become a border of the Schengen Area. They also discussed Germany's participation in a joint Black Sea patrolling exercise to be staged this autumn together with Bulgaria under the aegis of the FRONTEX, the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union.
The developments and progress of Romania in the fight against corruption, particularly after the establishment of a General Anti-Corruption Directorate with MIRA were also discussed by Schauble and David, along with the completion and presentation of a local anti-corruption strategy for 2008-2010 and intensifying and supporting European reaction, response and intervention capacities in case of natural catastrophes.