PM: “Barroso called a spade a spade”

Prime Minister Victor Ponta says President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso called a spade a spade when he mentioned Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area, as Romania meets the technical criteria of the accession process but some member states oppose the accession, Agerpres reports. “I can tell you that this is for the first time that a European politician at such high level calls a spade a spade because he states that there is an incredible mixture of Schengen Area, immigration and Lampedusa, the island where hundreds of migrant workers died. This is a mixture that has to be denounced because if we fail to do so we will witness extremist movements pushing Europe to doing very dangerous things. He talked about xenophobia, chauvinism and mentioned the fact that Europe has witnessed horrifying moments of ultra-nationalism. Barroso says we have to avoid that and that Romania and Bulgaria will not enter the Schengen Area although they are prepared”, Ponta told private broadcaster Antena 3. He rated a big mistake making the accession to the Schengen Area conditional upon other aspects such as the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism that follows Romania’s progress with judiciary reform. “I believe Romania made a big mistake in 2010 when it turned a technical issue into a political condition. Perhaps back then President Basescu thought about making a big political issue of the accession when it would happen. It was that moment that established a purely political linkage with the CVM”, said Ponta.

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