FM Corlatean: Struggle against organized crime, key priority for countries wanting to get integrated.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean said on Thursday that the struggle against organized crime was ‘a key priority’ for the countries that want to get integrated with the European Union. He said that the candidate states for the accession process must continue the reforms and the struggle against organized crime in order to come to the desideratum of becoming part of the European Union.
‘It is known that the aspect of the organized crime is a scourge affecting all democratic areas and institutions. This is why the action at all levels must be supported by all the players on the present-day regional stage,’ Corlatean told the Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Conference of the SEECP states. FM Corlatean also spoke of another ‘challenge’ European states face, namely illegal migration. ‘Here we must consider the pressure put by the flow of illegal emigrants from the EU borders. This has economic and social consequences as well as consequences in point of security. The development of cooperation in this field must occur both locally and regionally in order to cope with the pressure from emigrants,’ the minister explained. He supported the necessity of a European and international legislation in this field as well as of solidarity from all decision makers.
Minister Oprea: Enlargement should continue to be EU priority
Attending the same SEECP conference, Romania’s Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea on Thursday said that the enlargement process should continue to be a priority with the European Union, in the new institutional configuration and the delicate geopolitical context generated by the situation in Ukraine. Oprea said the Romanian chairmanship-in-office of SEECP wants to synchronise the efforts of the Western Balkans and Moldova to meet the standards and objectives entailed by European accession, with emphasis on negotiation chapter 23 – justice and fundamental rights and chapter 24 – justice, liberty and security. He also called for a comprehensive and efficient approach of the fight against organised crime, cybercrime, human trafficking, illegal migration, drugs trafficking and corruption.
In his turn, Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc said during the conference that the ‘clear’ anticorruption message should remain a ‘top-important’ one for the region, but also for the entire Europe.
Corlatean – Jagland meeting
Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean met Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland on Thursday, who was present in Bucharest on occasion of his participation to the SEECP conference. According to MAE, a distinct point on the agenda of discussions was the Transdnestria issue, as the situation of schools with Latin graphic teaching was approached.
According to the quoted source, Titus Corlatean and Thorbjorn Jagland stressed the importance of the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the legislation adopted in Romania concerning the property restitution, as the two officials talked about the crisis in Ukraine and the prospects of its solving. Thorbjorn Jagland was also received yesterday by President Traian Basescu and had talks with Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea.