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Romania, Hungary sign agreement on one-stop border control

Romanian Interior Minister Vasile Blaga and Hungarian Ambassador to Romania János Terenyi signed in Bucharest on Thursday a bilateral agreement on introducing an integrated "one-stop" control system on the common border as of January 1.

Under the agreement, travellers crossing to Romania from Hungary at the Kiszombor-Cenad, Nagylak-Nadlac, Gyula-Olari, Battonya-Turnu, Méhkerek-Salonta, Ártánd-Bors and Csengersima-Petea border points will only be checked by Romanian border guards, whereas travellers entering Hungary from Romania at three other crossings will be controlled only once on the Hungarian side, the minister said.

The experience of the procedure, applied on the Romanian-Bulgarian border, showed a 70% drop in waiting time, he said. The Romanian and Hungarian government plan to open additional crossing points on the common border, Blaga said. In the first ten months of 2006 some 13 million people crossed the Hungarian-Romanian border, accounting for 14% of Hungary's overall border traffic. (