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Szijjarto regrets EU rejecting Romania, Bulgaria Schengen status

Romania and Bulgaria have been working hard to protect their borders and have done a lot to rein in illegal migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Facebook on Friday, adding that the two countries should have been allowed to join the European Union's Schengen zone.

Referring to a Thursday vote in the European Parliament, Szijjarto said that Croatia had been granted Schengen status, while Romania and Bulgaria were rejected “whereas both were deserving”.

Szijjarto insisted that their rejection was due to a veto by Austria and the Netherlands, while “everybody else was in support”. He regretted that “wailing journalists of the liberal mainstream, Brussels bureaucrats, and ministers of liberal governments” were silent, whereas all new positions presented by the Hungarian government were met with “clamourous” criticism.

“If a central European country uses their veto, that is the end of the world and destroying European unity, while a veto by western Europeans is okay,” he said.

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