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October 29, 2020

Iohannis: Atmosphere is quite heated in Romania because of anticorruption fight, Ponta case – very sad

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday said in Zagreb that the atmosphere is “quite heated” in Romania these days, when it comes to the fight against corruption, and that he hopes the result of all the actions will positively influence the country’s accession to Schengen, while also adding that, in what Prime Minister Ponta’s case is concerned, “the whole situation is sad.”

“I discussed about the Schengen issue and obviously that the corruption aspects are considered every time there is talk of Schengen. Romania made significant progress, noticeable progress, in fighting corruption and this case, which is already sad in itself, only shows that the anticorruption fight is still in full swing right now. The atmosphere is quite heated, but we are definitely going to overcome everything. The fact that we have these results will influence of a positive manner our accession to Schengen,” said the head of the state, after the meeting with his Croatian counterpart.

Iohannis was asked whether such high level corruption cases, as Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s case for instance, were likely to affect Romania’s entry into Schengen.


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