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Romania Calls for Extraordinary Meeting of EU Heads

March 15, 2012

(Corrects first paragraph to reflect meeting is to discuss extremist politics.)

Romania wants an extraordinary meeting of European Union chiefs to discuss growing “anti- European” politics after the Netherlands opposed its accession to the visa-free area, known as Schengen.

Prime Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu will discuss the issue when he meets EU President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso today.

The Netherlands opposed the entry of Romania and Bulgaria into Schengen, citing a high level of corruption at their borders, even though the commission ruled they have met all technical criteria to join. The two Balkan countries, the newest and the poorest of the 27-nation EU, are looking to Schengen, which enables free travel within borders of the zone’s members, to further integrate into European norms.

“We ask for fair treatment because such extremist behavior puts the integration process on hold,” Ungureanu told reporters in Bucharest yesterday. “I think we need an extraordinary European Council to discuss very honestly what’s going on, how we can react to support pro-European policies.”

Ungureanu said the government is analyzing the possibility of adopting a law regarding shale-gas exploitation as the country lacks sufficient regulations.

Chevron Corp. (CVX), which has exploration licenses to explore three blocks in Romania to search for unconventional oil and gas reserves, said yesterday it plans to begin shale-gas drilling in Romania later this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andra Timu in Bucharest at atimu@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net


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