The National Schengen Information System (SIS) Centre was inaugurated on Tuesday, in the presence of the Interior Minister, Constantin Traian Igas, the Foreign Minister, Teodor Baconschi, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest. The Foreign Minister stated he would support “in all dignity our right to be appraised based on our technical achievements, without any other problems influencing the decision”. Moving on to a related topic, the head of the Schengen Department in the Administration and Internal Affairs Ministry, inspector Marian Tutilescu, claims that Romania will not have to return to the European Commission any share of the funds allotted to the Schengen facility, thus infirming the information to the effect that the EC had asked for the European Parliament’s approval to cut a portion of the funds allotted to Bulgaria’s and Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area. “This cannot refer to the Schengen facility, as, at the moment, it is impossible to estimate how much of the facility has been put to use, given that the deadline for its implementation is December 31. Indeed, everything that has not been implemented by December 31 will be returned to the Commission, but by no means earlier,” Tutilescu stated, quoted by Agerpres.