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Leaders of Romania, Croatia want a one-speed Europe

Croatia's President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, left, watches the honor guard march together with Romanian counterpart, Klaus Iohannis, during the welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
October 02, 2017 - 10:34 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania - The presidents of Romania and Croatia have called for an end to the differences between older and newer European Union members.

Some newer EU members are frustrated they do not enjoy the same benefits as older EU members. Many East European members do not use the euro.

Klaus Iohannis said he and Croatian President Kolinda Gabar-Kitarovic agreed Monday on "an elimination of differences between different states (which is) very important," Iohannis said.

Grabar-Kitarovic said she opposed "a two-speed Europe," after talks with Iohannis. She said Romania and neighbour Bulgaria, both EU members, deserve to be members of the visa-free Schengen travel zone.

She also said Romania and Bulgaria, members since 2007, should no longer be subjected to a process that monitors whether they implement reforms.

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