Juncker Calls for Romania, Bulgaria to Be Admitted Into Schengen

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

Recently, he invited Bulgaria and Romania to join borderless Schengen area as soon as they can.

With regard to the Western Balkans, the European Union should maintain a credible enlargement perspective, despite being clear that there will be no further enlargement during the mandate of this Commission, Juncker said.

The European Commission, supported by the EU's 28 member states, believes the rules for China must be changed and has proposed that for all WTO members, including China, dumping means selling for export at below domestic prices.

"The former Luxembourg premier urged deeper integration across the board, calling for more states to join the euro and the passport-free Schengen area, and proposing a single European Union chief and dedicated pan-European finance minister". The reforms linked to the tighter integration and averting a so-called two-speed Europe. "This is why we have to prepare for a hard Brexit".

He also hailed progress that had been made in the migrants crisis; over the previous year numbers of people coming into Europe through the eastern channel through Turkey and Greece had reduced by 97%, while in August numbers coming through Italy - whom he singled out for special praise for their "perseverance and generosity" - had gone done by 81% from the same month in 2016.

The UK is planning to pull out its trump card in the latest round of talks, offering access to its military and intelligence assets to make a play for a trade deal which looks better for Britain.

British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage, who is a Euro-MP, responded to Juncker: "Thank God we're leaving - you've learnt nothing from Brexit".

"Today, we are asking that we open up negotiations with Australia and with New Zealand", he said.

Mr Juncker said the euro is destined to become the common currency of the "entire" European Union. He also urged the Turkish authorities to stop calling the Europeans fascists and Nazis, RIA Novosti reported.

The last time European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union address, the union's state appeared undeniably tattered: Britain had just voted to Brexit and populist anti-EU parties were surging. He called for an EU summit in the once German-speaking Transylvanian city of Sibiu on March 30, 2019, the first day Britain will no longer be in the Union. "Let us make the most of the momentum, catch the wind in our sails".

Juncker furthermore backed French President Emmanuel Macron's call for a pan-European finance minister to help firefight future crises, although he was against Macron's proposal for a eurozone parliament.

The union appears to have the upper hand in negotiations with the United Kingdom over its departure, and the threat of populism has receded, so this year's speech conveyed a renewed level of confidence and optimism.

The European Commission would also outline a new migrant deportation policy by the end of the month, and called on states to step up sending back migrants who do not meet refugee protection status.

"A Slovak deserves to have as much fish in fish fingers as anyone else", he said.

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