Antonescu receives guarantees of ‘impartiality’ from the Netherlands over Schengen

Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu received assurances from Dutch PM Mark Rutte that The Netherlands “will objectively examine” the issue of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. In a PNL release Monday, Crin Antonescu said that Holland will look with full impartiality into Romania’s accession to Schengen. Antonescu also said that he got the guarantee from his fellow European Liberal, Dutch PM Mark Rutte, with whom he met in Amsterdam. “We also discussed something that has to do with Schengen, namely that the Dutch are the first investors in Romania, that there are joint projects opened or which might be opened and that there are long-term commercial interests between  Romania and The Netherlands. It would be a pity for them to be obstructed by Romanian public opinion’s fixation with Holland being an enemy, which is not the case. And I had an upbeat feeling about the meeting with PM Rutte ,” said Antonescu, who added that he also spoke with British Deputy Premier Nick Clegg about the issue of Romanians in Great Britain and strengthening bilateral cooperation.“Nick Clegg assured me that no measures will be aimed at Romanians and welcomed the proposal for bilateral relations to be deepened,”   according to the PNL release. The Netherlands has been the European state most reserved about Romania’s accession to Schengen and expressed its concern over the judicial reform in Romania.

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