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Old January 20th, 2014, 12:46 AM   #9401
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yes, if i am not mistaken we have 4 roads which are currently useless because there were no border checkpoints built. In a few months M43 will be a road like this too
to avoid that, a big parking lot has been designed at the RO side of the border for temporarily / instant border checks and to get cheaper fuel.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 12:47 AM   #9402
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A Serbian guy smuggled through that border few days ago cigarettes worth 250k €. It seems that he did it with the help of the border police agents (who got 15k € as a bribe).

Another interesting fact about that border crossing: about 2 years ago there was a mass investigation related to corruption at the Romanian borders. The main idea was that some of the border agents allowed people to cross the border with illegal quantities of goods (cigarettes & alcohol) for a substantial bribe. The investigation team discovered that there were border police agents at that border crossing (Naidăș) that were living in Arad. That's 3 hours of drive in each direction, so a total of 6 hours/day just for the daily commute. And they did this commute on their own money. So how could they afford to commute 380 km every day from their standard wage?
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Old January 20th, 2014, 01:04 AM   #9403
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I read somewhere they were open before Romania became an EU member or something like that. After that RO had to introduce visas for Serbian citizens to align with EU, and these smaller border crossings were closed. Sometime later visas were lifted by the EU, also possibility to cross only by ID introduced. But these crossings remained closed.

I read in local RO media from time to time that they will be open again...
I posted about these small border crossings couple of weeks ago in this thread.

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Old January 20th, 2014, 01:05 AM   #9404
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I read somewhere they were open before Romania became an EU member or something like that. After that RO had to introduce visas for Serbian citizens to align with EU, and these smaller border crossings were closed. Sometime later visas were lifted by the EU, also possibility to cross only by ID introduced. But these crossings remained closed.

I read in local RO media from time to time that they will be open again...
It says they were shut down in July 2004 and I searched news, that's when Romania introduced visas for Serbian-Montenegrin citizens. It was a nasty situation because Romania wasn't obliged to do that until January 1, 2007 (that is when Bulgaria introduced visas) and it was seen as an overzealous move by Romania to please the EU (yes Romania wasn't always "up yours" with the EU ) so the response was introduction of visas for Romanian citizens (I am not sure if they were lifted in 2007 or at the same time when the EU lifted visas for Serbian and Montenegrin citizens in 2009, you'll know more).
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Old January 20th, 2014, 01:09 AM   #9405
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A Serbian guy smuggled through that border few days ago cigarettes worth 250k €. It seems that he did it with the help of the border police agents (who got 15k € as a bribe).
Business as usual. Actually this is pretty small, didn't they talk about some millions a year or two ago?

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Another interesting fact about that border crossing: about 2 years ago there was a mass investigation related to corruption at the Romanian borders. The main idea was that some of the border agents allowed people to cross the border with illegal quantities of goods (cigarettes & alcohol) for a substantial bribe. The investigation team discovered that there were border police agents at that border crossing (Naidăș) that were living in Arad. That's 3 hours of drive in each direction, so a total of 6 hours/day just for the daily commute. And they did this commute on their own money. So how could they afford to commute 380 km every day from their standard wage?
You need to bribe a lot to become a customs officer on the border checkpoint. But they say it pays off quickly
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Old January 20th, 2014, 01:09 AM   #9406
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Same as UK.
Aren't Greece and the UK in Europe, just like Switzerland and Norway? EU or not?

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That's why the French made sure to make the Antienglischerschutzkanal to keep those wrong-side of road driving strange people a bit isolated from Europe
Except when their good friends have invaded and they need England's help. :-P
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Old January 20th, 2014, 01:51 AM   #9408
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Except when their good friends have invaded and they need England's help. :-P
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I don't remember of that. When did it happen?


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Old January 20th, 2014, 02:33 AM   #9409
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1914 and 1940.

I realize it's much, much easier for Europe to throw moral condemnation around the world and be taken seriously if it pretends history began in 1946, but it didn't.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 08:48 AM   #9410
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A very particular case in USA-Canada borderline, Point Roberts:

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Old January 20th, 2014, 09:09 AM   #9411
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What's the purpose of that railway?
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Old January 20th, 2014, 09:14 AM   #9412
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I´m sorry, the railway is not located in Point Roberts.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:02 AM   #9413
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Business as usual. Actually this is pretty small, didn't they talk about some millions a year or two ago?
Yes, that's true. I was just pointing out that this time they smuggled 250k € worth of cigarettes in only one transport.

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You need to bribe a lot to become a customs officer on the border checkpoint. But they say it pays off quickly
Yes, this story is also widespread in Romania.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 04:44 PM   #9414
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What's the purpose of that railway?
I think it leads to a ferry to Vancouver Island.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 04:56 PM   #9415
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point roberts reminds me of the "northwest angle" in minnesota. almost the same story.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #9416
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Then I suppose it is not a good idea to play basketball here, because if you accidentally throw the ball over the fence you might get arrested while trying to retrieve it.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:59 PM   #9417
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point roberts reminds me of the "northwest angle" in minnesota. almost the same story.
https://maps.google.it/maps?q=northw...gl=it&t=m&z=10

Or, on the countrary, also the Campobello island (Canadian territory accessible only from the US).
https://maps.google.it/maps?q=Campob...sland&t=m&z=12
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Old January 21st, 2014, 12:04 AM   #9418
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I've been to Campobello. The only road access is from the U.S., but there's a ferry, at least in the summer, continuing farther into Canada. (I took it.)
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Or, on the countrary, also the Campobello island (Canadian territory accessible only from the US).
https://maps.google.it/maps?q=Campob...sland&t=m&z=12
Interesting, I've never heard of this one.
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Interesting, I've never heard of this one.
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