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October 24, 2021

Interior Minister Oprea to attend JHA Council extraordinary meeting on migration

Romania’s Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea on Tuesday will be attending the extraordinary meeting in Brussels of the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council, the Interior Ministry (MAI) reported on Monday.

Oprea is expected to sustain at the meeting the mandate entrusted to him by President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Victor Ponta that ”Romania is displaying solidarity with the relocation of people in need of international protection by taking in 1,705 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece and well as 80 more persons from outside the European Union (1,785 in all).”

”If the draft report for a decision of the proposal for a council decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece (adding 120,000 more relocated persons to the 40,000 adopted at the JHA meeting of September 14) gets up for a vote, Romania will cast a negative vote,” MAI says in a press statement.

Attending the extraordinary meeting on Tuesday of the JHA will be the interior ministers of the European Union, representatives of the European Commission and EU agencies in the JHA area (EUROPOL, FRONTEX, European Asylum Support Office).

Deputy PM Oprea: We have been taking measures to strengthen Serbian border for some time

Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea announced on Monday that the Internal Affairs Ministry, which he heads, has for some time been taking measures to strengthen the border with Serbia and initiated draft legislation to combat illegal migration.

“We have been taking measures to strengthen the border with Serbia for some time, not now. More than that, we will constantly carry out drills with all the Internal Affairs Ministry forces and structures for everything relating to illegal migration. Today, in fact, we proposed draft legislation meant to toughen the punishment for those who promote or try to help illegal migration. Sanctions can get up to twelve years, and also seizing the material goods, I’m speaking of transportation means or even money”, Oprea said at the Palace of Parliament, according to Agerpres.

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