Every Day Life In Romania As EU Members Mull Schengen Inclusion


A pig looks out from its pen on the small farm of Mirela Cautis on... News PhotoAgriculture,Farm,Finance,Horizontal,Human Interest,Looking,Romania,Small,Social IssuesPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesSARULESTI, ROMANIA - MARCH 12: A pig looks out from its pen on the small farm of Mirela Cautis on March 12, 2013 in Sarulesti, Romania. Mirela and her husband Dumitru have received a small grant from the European Union over a five-year period to pay for feed and some new equipment. Dumitru has a day job and Mirela tends to the farm, which includes four cows, six mature pigs and twenty piglets, chickens, turkeys and two greenhouses for growing vegetables, as well as two hectares of land. Mirela says the biggest problem she faces is the absence of a market to sell her products, as there are no weekly farmers markets in her area. Rural poverty is a chronic problem in Romania, as the nation's agricultural sector remains chronically underdeveloped. Both Romania and Bulgaria have been members of the European Union since 2007 and restrictions on their citizens' right to work within the EU are scheduled to end by the end of this year. However Germany's interior minister announced recently that he would veto the two countries' entry into the Schengen Agreement, which would not affect labour rights but would prevent passport-free travel. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)