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February 26, 2021
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Basescu deems delay discriminatory

In a press statement at Cotroceni last evening, President Traian Basescu said the French and German interior ministers’ request was an act of discrimination which Romania will not accept. He reiterated that Schengen accession is a technical process and that the country has met all technical requirements in this direction, as confirmed by the last evaluation report this month. “We won’t accept discrimination from anybody, may it be from the most powerful member states of the EU,” he said. The President warned that a delay would set a dangerous precedent and violate the country’s EU accession treaty, which might lead to “other abuses.”Basescu also underlined that he has the duty to try and clarify this situation, both at EU level and in the relationship with France and Germany, before February, when the bloc’s Justice and Home Affairs Council is to meet and decide if Romania can join the border-free zone. The president acknowledged however that the French and German ministers’ letter includes realities that cannot be denied in what regards the poor functioning of the legal system and state institutions, underlining that Parliament continues to be perceived as protecting the corrupt.

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