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February 27, 2021

Foreign Ministry rejects French assertions about Romania-Moldova border

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) informs that it has taken note of the assertions of the French Minister for European Affairs, Laurent Wauquiez, referring to the alleged non-recognition by Romania of the state border with Moldova and specified that they have nothing to do with reality.

“Linking Romania’s accession to the Schengen area to Romania’s relation with the Republic of Moldova is artificial. This connection represents an attempt to divert the discussion to topics that are not related to the Schengen criteria, which criteria Romania does meets, according to all assessments by specialised European missions,” MAE said in a release quoted by Agerpres on Friday.

The ministry underlined that Romania’s borders after World War II were established by the Peace Treaty of Paris in 1947. Moreover, Romania has recognised the independence of Moldova in the very same day of its proclamation, on August 27, 1991. Moreover, MAE showed that Romania’s unequivocal support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova has been repeatedly confirmed by high Romanian officials.

The comments came as Wauquiez last week said Romania should not join Schengen in March next year because it cannot control the EU’s eastern border since it does not recognise the border with Moldova and gives passports to Moldovan citizens.

On the other hand, European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom spokesperson Michele Cercone said Romania’s and Bulgaria’s Schengen accession will depend solely on meeting technical criteria.

At the same time, Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana said in a press release that Romania’s Schengen accession enjoys the support of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. According to the press release, Geoana received a letter from the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, Gianfranco Fini, in which the Italian high official welcomed the efforts made by Bucharest in the accession process.

And on Friday, the head of the Interior Ministry’s Schengen Department, Marian Tutilescu said the latest technical assessment for Romania’s entry into the border-free zone was completed with positive results. In a conference at the Palace of Parliament called ‘Lisbon Treaty and Romania’s role in the process of deepening European integration,” Tutilescu underlined that meeting all technical criteria for Schengen is an important advantage for the final accession decision, even if this will be political in nature. “When you meet the technical requirements, when you discuss the political aspect, we have a solid argument, the supreme argument in our opinion. Accession to Schengen (…) presupposes only meeting the technical conditions,” Tutilescu said.

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