Ponta denies rumors that 7,000 refugees will come to Romania, says decision on managing refugee crisis to be made in CSAT meeting

A decision on Romania’s managing the refugee crisis will be made at a meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) convened by President Klaus Iohannis, a meeting that is going to take place in the near future, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Friday.

“In the CSAT meeting convened by Romania’s President the state institutions will present all implications and everything that needs to be done, after which by the CSAT decision we shall make it public,” said Ponta.

Asked when the CSAT meeting is scheduled, Ponta said it will take place “in the days… in the weeks to come.”

According to the prime minister, the 7,000 refugees which Romania would take in is a piece of information only circulated by the media.

“The 7,000 comes from you, from the press, nobody else said so,” Ponta said, when asked if Romania is prepared to take in 7,000 refugees.

The prime minister, together with Health Minister Nicolae Banicioiu and Secretary of State Raed Arafat, paid an inaugural visit to the new Emergency Care Unit of the Grigore Alexandrescu Children’s Clinical Emergency Hospital.

Refugee issue approached in Ombudsman’s talks with European Ombudsman Institute Secretary-general

The refugee issue, the situation of petitions and the situation in prisons and police custody facilities were among the topics approached by Romania’s Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea, Secretary-general of the European Ombudsman Institute Josef Siegele, and Austrian MEPs, members of the EP Committee on petitions.

According to a Friday release to AGERPRES, Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea and Deputy Ombudsman Erzsebet Dane, advisors Ecaterina Mirea and Andreea Baicoianu met with Secretary-general of the European Ombudsman Institute Josef Siegele and a delegation of parliamentarians from Austria, presenting on the occasion the role and activity of the institution.

In context, Ciorbea said the Ombudsman’s Special Report on the situation in prisons and police detention facilities is about to be finalized, with Deputy Ombudsman Erzsebet Dane adding that the institution is also considering drafting a special report on the conditions in the public system’s hospital units.

The delegation members expressed interest in the situation of the petitions referred to the Ombudsman. Institution representatives said that there has been a considerable rise in the number of memorials sent, as well as in that of granted audiences. ”As a result, they experienced a rise in the number of ex-officio actions and investigations, the Ombudsman’s representatives added,” reads the statement.

The problem of the refugees was also addressed during the talks.

”In this context, Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea said that the institution monitors the observance of the rights of the refugees who are currently in Romania and will apply the same procedure if the Romanian state takes in a higher number of refugees,” the cited source said.

Three Syrian sailors captured while attempting to cross border to Hungary

Three Syrian citizens, sailors on a vessel harbored in the Black Sea port of Constanta, were caught by the Bihor border police while attempting to illegally cross the border with Hungary.

According to a press release to Agerpres by Border Police Inspectorate of Oradea, officers of the Diosig Border Sector in western Romania’s Bihor County found the three Syrian citizens around 12.30am on Wednesday night. As the suspects could not provide a reason for their presence near the Schengen Area border and did not speak Romanian, they were escorted to the border police precinct house for investigations.

It was established that the three were sailors, Syrian nationals, aged 23-27; they had left without permission their vessel stationed in Constanta and traveled to western Romania with the ultimate goal of reaching Germany.

The three now face criminal charges for their attempt at illegally crossing the state border. Appropriate legal measures will follow, the press release informs.

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