The think-tank numbering ten experts from the Schengen member states and an official of the General Secretariat of the EU Council, will assess the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI), namely the Border Police and the Romanian Immigration Office, the National Customs Authority and the Transport Ministry.
According to MAI, after the visit the experts will draw up a report including the assessment team’s conclusions and recommendations. Later the Schengen Assessment Working group, in Brussels will approve the report, most likely in November.
The assessment visits’ purpose is to verify, on site, the fulfillment of all the conditions required to enact the Schengen Acquis in the field, so that Romania may become a full right Schengen member state.
MAI through the Schengen Department is the institution coordinating the organization of the visits by the Schengen assessment experts.
The first three assessment visits happened in March, April and June, in fields such as the police cooperation, personal data protection and visas.