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June 29, 2022

Berca and Diaconescu lobby for Romania’s Schengen accession

Internal Affairs Minister Gabriel Berca stated that during his talks with Dutch counterpart Gerd Leers he was given positive signals that the decision on Romania’s Schengen accession will be taken in September. “I am confident that the European Commission’s MCV report, set to be published this summer, will be yet another confirmation of the fact that Romania has fulfilled its obligations, even though this report is not part of the Schengen criteria,” Berca stated according to a press communiqué posted yesterday on the Internal Affairs Ministry’s website. On March 7-8, Minister Gabriel Berca took part in a Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in which the Council’s draft conclusions on the establishment of a procedure meant to consolidate political governance in what concerns Schengen cooperation was discussed among other things. Foreign Affairs Minister Cristian Diaconescu lobbied for Romania’s Schengen accession in recent days too, giving assurances, during his meeting with European Commission Secretary General Catherine Day that Romania continues to show political will and determination in continuing the progress registered in justice system reform and the fight against corruption, a communiqué posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website informs. Cristian Diaconescu expressed “the Romanian authorities’ full availability” to work closely with the Commission’s services in order to permit a thorough and objective evaluation that would take into account the advanced stage of reforms in Romania in relation to the moment the MCV was introduced five years ago. Likewise, Diaconescu underlined the irreversible character of the reforms, as well as the Romanian judicial system’s capacity to perform, things that were proven by the solidity of the results obtained.

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