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France insists Romania can’t join the Schengen area

“It does not acknowledge the border with the Republic of Moldova”


French State Secretary Laurent Wauquiez yesterday reiterated his case, before French deputies, against Romania’s ability to control the EU’s eastern border, were it to join the Schengen area, as it does not recognize the border with the Republic of Moldova and gives passports to Moldovan citizens, Romania Libera online reports.


“We won’t get involved in designs that would weaken Europe’s frontiers and ability to manage and control migratory flows,” he told the National Assembly during a Europe debate.


“France is saying, plain and simple, that, naturally, the door is not shut to Romania and Bulgaria, yet some simple criteria need to be observed,” the French official said, reiterating the stand of his predecessor, Pierre Lellouche.


“The first criterion is a simple one, that we need to be sure of our borders,” Wauquiez said, noting that Romania “does not recognize its border with the Republic of Moldova, given the flows that cross it.” “We recognize a border with the Republic of Moldova, this issue is therefore a hurdle to Romania’s and Bulgaria’s joining the Schengen area,” the French official outlined.


“If we entrust them with our borders, it is legitimate to have all the guarantees that those borders would be guarded by frontier guards able to exercise their vigilance we are entitled to expect from them,” he said. “For now, this isn’t so. Their activity has so far not been satisfactory,” Wauquiez outlined, referring to corruption issues.


TURCAN WANTS COMMITTEE TO PROBE INTO PONTA’S ALLEGATIONS ON SCHENGEN


PDL vice-president, Deputy Raluca Turcan says her party should ask the Parliament to urgently form a probing committee that will investigate Victor Ponta’s actions “against Romania’s accession to the Schengen Zone.” “I will urge PDL to form a probing committee in view of sanctioning the attacks against the interests of Romania. The political actions against Romania conducted by a Romanian political leader have political and diplomatic consequences in Brussels, and the leader of PSD must provide institutional explanations,” Raluca Turcan wrote in a press release issued yesterday.

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