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Slovakia will voice agreement to Romania joining Schengen area

Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his Slovakian counterpart Robert Fico pleaded, on Tuesday, in a joint press conference in Bratislava, for strengthening the economic relations, and agreed to organize a business forum to which investors interested in particular in the fields of agriculture and industry will be invited.

Romania meets all the criteria for joining the Schengen area and the efforts made for an independent judiciary are to the benefit of our country and must be continued, not merely because they are asked for from abroad, said Premier Victor Ponta in Bratislava on Tuesday, thanking Slovakia for the support given to our country in the Schengen file.
“The decision (on joining the Schengen area) will be made at the end of the year. Technically speaking and from the viewpoint of meeting all the criteria, Romania and Bulgaria are prepared to enter the Schengen area. This is also the stance of the EC and of most member states and we are expecting to see the result at the end of the year,” Ponta told a joint press conference he gave together with his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico, informed Agerpres.
“At the same time I want to say that the efforts Romania and all the countries in the area make in order to have a powerful independent judiciary, which should combat corruption, are absolutely necessary. These efforts are to the benefit of our countries, not merely because somebody from abroad asks for them. We are through a positive evolution in Romania; I cannot refer to other countries. I think that Romania joining the Schengen area will be very good especially for the economic and cultural exchanges,” said Ponta.
Robert Fico in his turn said that being included in the Schengen area was important and useful for every state.
“We are talking about a significant change as our citizens do not realize they cross the borders either in Hungary or Poland. I am sure that every country that is a EU member should have these rights and these privileges. Whenever there is an opportunity, we are prepared to voice our agreement,” said Fico.
Ponta also expressed solidarity with the flood-hit citizens of Slovakia, showing, in the context of talks on Romania and Bulgaria’s Schengen accession that “the Danube does not observe the Schengen space” and that unity is needed in difficult times.
Nevertheless, the two prime-ministers stressed the need for increased efforts to strengthen the economic cooperation. Both pleaded for strengthening the economic relations, and agreed to organize a business forum to which investors interested in particular in the fields of agriculture and industry will be invited. “We decided to delegate the ministers of economy to organize a business forum, bringing together everyone interested,” Fico emphasized, showing that agriculture and industry are among the fields of interest.

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