By Dan Sapos
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt told Prime Minister Emil Boc that support for Romania’s Schengen accession has been included within its governing programme and Romanian authorities can count on Denmark’s support. The Danish Prime Minister is visiting Romania and Bulgaria these days, in order to present the priorities of the future EU Presidency that Denmark will take over on January 1, 2012.
“I hope your Presidency will be successful because there are many challenges ahead and you can count on Romania’s support in putting into practice the Danish Presidency’s priorities, to the same extent to which, I hope, we too can count on your support for Romania’s Schengen accession bid, an accession we hope will be decided as soon as possible, during your Presidency,” Premier Emil Boc stated at the Victoria Palace, being quoted by Mediafax.
He was assured by Mrs. Helle Thorning-Schmidt that support for Romania’s Schengen accession has been included within the new Danish government’s governing programme. “You are right when you say you can count on Denmark in what concerns Schengen cooperation and that Romania will become a part of this cooperation. I want to tell you a small story concerning this issue, because when we were negotiating the governing programme Denmark had to take a firm position on Schengen accession and, of course, on Romania’s Schengen accession. So we took the decision while we were negotiating the governing programme and I can tell you that there is wide agreement within the Danish Parliament, coming not just from this government but also from the former government, because we reached an agreement particularly on this issue when we negotiated the governing programme. So you can be sure there is wide parliamentary support and we discussed this issue very seriously while negotiating the governing programme,” the Danish PM told Boc.