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September 18, 2021

‘Criminality, Roma might hinder Romanians’ free circulation in Europe’

Negotiations for Romania’s accession to the Schengen area in 2011 are likely to be very difficult, as the most delicate problems refer to crime and the Roma community, Romania’s Multilingualism Commissioner Leonard Orban said in an interview to RFI. Orban added that Romania will have to run intense negotiations and, beyond the objective criteria that it will have to meet, the country will also have to run bilateral negotiations with countries that are unhappy with issues such as Romanian labour force migration, the Roma or the criminality ‘exported’ from the country.

“The negotiations will be very tough. We need a unanimous decision of all member states and of course there will be various bilateral problems under scrutiny in these negotiations,” Orban said.

Recently, countries such as Italy or the Netherlands questioned Romania’s capacity to stop trans-border crime and to secure the European Union’s eastern border.

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