Romanian MEPs support Canada visa waiving

Several Romanian MEPs pleaded for the necessity and desirability of lifting Canadian visas for Romanian, Bulgarian and Czech citizens, in a debate organized in the European Parliament assembly, in view of the next EU-Canada summit, to take place, on May 15, in Brussels. “Maintaining reciprocity in bilateral ties represents one of the guiding principles of the European Union, and I hope that, in the foreseeable future, Canada will lift visas required to Romanian, Czech and Bulgarian citizens, ensuring, thus, a fair and equal treatment to all EU citizens,” MEP Ioan Enciu, from the Social-Democratic Party (PSD), said, quoted by Mediafax.

He added that, since the approval of the European Parliament is necessary in order to seal any international treaty, the former needs to be involved and consulted from the early phases of any project. In his turn, Cristian Preda (Democratic-Liberal Party) reminded the EP assembly that the statement of the preceding EU-Canada summit, which took place in Prague, in May 2009, reiterated the common objective of the parties “to enhance the free and secure circulation of individuals between the EU and Canada, to the purpose of extending as soon as possible visa-free travelling to Canada to all European citizens”.

“A year later, we must point out we are still far from this objective. At the moment, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria are still subject to compulsory visa requirements, which have been reintroduced for Czech citizens as well. There is also a matter of coherence here, as, on the other hand, Canada lifted visas for Croatia, a country which is merely a candidate to join the European Union,” Preda added.

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