Italy renews its support of Romania’s accession to Schengen

Italian ambassador Diego Brasioli hopes this objective is reached during Italy’s turn in the EU presidency.

Italy’s ambassador to Bucharest, Diego Brasioli, said on Wednesday that as six-month president of the Council of the European Union, Italy will try to attain the objective of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area and become involved in debating this issue at European level by supporting Romania’s stance.“Italy’s position relative to Romania’s accession to the Schengen area is well-known. In our opinion, Romania has accomplished the requirements for this accession since 2011 and it should already be a member of the Schengen area. Yet consensus is needed and as a six-month president of the European Union, Italy will try to achieve the objective of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. (…) We’ll get more involved in the European debate by supporting Romania’s stance,” Brasioli said at a news conference organized on occasion of the launch of Italy’s rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. Brasioli mentioned that he meets with Italian investors in Romania on a regular basis, and given the close economic ties between the two countries, they hope Romania becomes a member of the Schengen area as soon as possible in order to facilitate both their business transactions in our country and all cross-border processes.“Therefore, the sooner Romania accedes to the Schengen area, the better it will be both for Romania and the Italian investors in this country,” the Italian diplomat said.In turn, Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean reiterated Romania’s interest in the consolidation of the Schengen area, through its extension included.“We are counting on the support of the Italian Presidency to get substantial progresses as regards Romania’s access to Schengen in this mandate. (…) We are ready to work closely with our Italian partners and the other Member States to achieve this goal,” Titus Corlatean said.Corlatean pointed out that after Italy takes over the quarterly presidency “all roads will once again lead to Rome” in the next six months, and expressed his conviction that this presidency will be dynamic and successful. “Romania will be very committed to supporting Italy’s priorities in this quarterly presidency and ensure its success,” Titus Corlatean remarked. “We are witnessing the reconfiguration of the European institutional landscape (…) through measures aimed at economic re-launch and job creation,” he added.The Foreign Affairs Minister noted that Romania is ready to work closely with the Italian presidency towards creating an agenda focused on economic growth and consolidating the economic and monetary union. On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean, Italian ambassador Diego Brasioli, and head of the European Commission Representation in Romania Angela Filote took part in a press conference at the residence of the Italian ambassador to Bucharest on the occasion of Italy’s takeover of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (July – December 2014).

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