The Independent: EU president invites Bulgaria and Romania to join borderless Schengen area 'immediately'13 September 2017 | 18:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Jean-Claude Juncker used his annual state of the union address to propose a series of reforms to the EU – mostly concerned with tighter integration and averting a so-called two-speed Europe.
As well as the expansion of the borderless area, the president proposed action to encourage all applicable EU members to adopt the euro as their currency. Mr Juncker proposed the creation of a new programme to provide technical and financial assistance to would be adopters.
The European Parliament and European presidencies also needed reform, Mr Juncker said – laying out proposals for trans-national lists and a single unified EU presidency..
Addressing the expansion of Schengen, Mr Juncker argued: “A more united Union also needs to become more inclusive. If we want to strengthen the protection of our external borders, then we need to open the Schengen area of free movement to Bulgaria and Romania immediately.
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