Premier Mihai Tudose stated on Tuesday, in Varna, that “Romania and Bulgaria offer the European Union one of the best Border Police forces,” and expressed his conviction that “in one year’s time at the latest” the two states will be members of the Schengen Area.
“Romania and Bulgaria offer the European Union one of the most secure Border Police forces, of human trafficking, based on the figures. I have the conviction that in one year’s time at the latest, Romania and Bulgaria will be in Schengen,” Mihai Tudose stated in Varna, when answering questions about the two countries’ joint projects related to their Schengen membership bids.
He added that Romania and Bulgaria are “two stability and safety oases of the citizen”.
“It is obvious that both Bulgaria and Romania are two stability and security oases of the citizen in the street, very tolerant and religious, and from the point of view of other possible and imaginable minorities, which is a new element of attractiveness to do business in these areas. And it is a shame that neither Bulgaria nor Romania has yet speculated – in a positively speculated way – this opportunity that the two countries can offer, “Prime Minister Tudose told a joint press conference with his counterpart Boiko Borisov.
He also referred to the fact that the discussions at the joint meeting of the Bulgarian and Romanian Governments in Varna also focused on European issues and the perspectives of coordination in the preparation of Romania and Bulgaria’s first presidency mandates of the EU Council.
“We are in an important stage. There are things that we have agreed upon today. (…) The position of Bulgaria and Romania in the European Union is very important, taking into account the fact that the two countries hold, at a six- month interval, the presidency of the Council, and we will have to fight together to preserve the cohesion policy and the agrarian policy, not omitting (…) or not minimizing the common European security policies,” Tudose added.
At the same time, he said that Romania and Bulgaria have a common position on the post-Brexit policy.
The fourth meeting of Romania-Bulgaria High-Level Cooperation Council was held at the Evksinograd Palace in Varna, on Tuesday.
In the context of the joint meeting, a series of bilateral documents on sectoral cooperation were signed. Thus, Romanian and Bulgarian Interior Ministers, Carmen Dan and Valentin Radev have signed an Implementation Protocol of the Agreement between the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria on the readmission of their own citizens and of foreigners.
The document decides the border checkpoints for readmission and the transit of persons the agreement refers to. At the same time, the protocol details the readmission procedure, the necessary supporting documents, presumptions on entry to the territory and deadlines for the processing of official requests and notifications. Other details included in the document refer to the escort procedure, costs, working language in conducting readmission procedures, and solving any disputes.
“ Romania and Bulgaria, next to Greece and Serbia could become power security centre”
Romania and Bulgaria, next to Greece and Serbia could become a power security centre for this side of Europe, on Tuesday said in Varna, the Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, at a joint news conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Boiko Borisov.
During the joint meeting of the two governments, a contract was signed between Transelectrica SA and Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator (ESO EAS) on the mutual emergency power providing.
“It’s on us to prove that we are enough intelligent to take advantage of this opportunity,” Premier Tudose told the joint news conference.
Through the document signed on Tuesday, the two sides have agreed upon the terms they will grant assistance in case of power emergency, in real time using their available reserves, without endangering their national power grid. The document was signed by Corina Popescu, managing director of Transelectrica, and Ivan Yotov, CEO with ESO EAS.
Bulgarian Premier Boiko Borisov asserted that he and his Romanian counterpart decided to collaborate for the infrastructure’s development and the construction of bridges, and hydroelectric equipment, respectively. He specified that he has asked the ministries of Transports and Energy to analyse which of the projects should be started yet.
“We insist upon these three large projects: the first at Ruse, because kilometers of queues are forming daily (at the border checkpoint, ed. n.) This is the least hard to carry out project, it’s only 45 km to Bucharest in straight line and we project a motorway from Ruse to Veliko Tarnovo and further to Hemus speedway. Then comes Nicopole – Turnu-Magurele – which is as priority of a project for both countries and on this topic we wish we had a cost evaluation and why not, a speed way, and of course what our colleague is proposing – for these 200 km between Constanta, Varna and Burgas we wish to have 200 km of motorway,” said Boiko Borisov.