Negrescu, Gozi discuss on Italy’s support for Romania’s objective to join Schengen

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Minister Delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu had on Tuesday consultations with Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs, Sandro Gozi, who is on a working visit to Bucharest, in which the Italian dignitary reiterated Italy’s support for Romania’s objective to join the Schengen Area.

According to a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry (MAE), the two officials hailed the excellent level of the relationship between Romania and Italy and expressed their wish to strengthen European co-operation and coordination of positions, especially on issues where the two countries shared similar views.

“The minister delegate presented the phase of preparations for Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019, underscoring the interest of the Romanian side in the experience of Italy in the management of previous mandates. Tackled were the main files debated at European level, with emphasis on the future budget of the Union, internal security and the Brexit process,” informs the quoted source.

At the same time, the two officials exchanged views on the measures envisaged at the European level in view of consolidating the Eurozone and the Economic and Monetary Union and the importance of maintaining the relevance of the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy within the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

“In the context of the discussion, the Italian dignitary reiterated his country’s support for Romania’s objective of accession to the Schengen Area,” the press release said.

The minister delegate for European affairs stated that “achieving an in-depth dialogue with Italy on the files of common interest can contribute not only to a successful Presidency of our country but also to strengthening Romania’s voice as a promoter of European values and principles.”

“We also reiterated our country’s wish to complete the integration process in the Schengen Area, as well as to keep open the prospects for integration in the Eurozone,” said Victor Negrescu.