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PM Ciolos at the European Council in Brussels: Border guard at European level – a very good idea

The idea of a European guard for the EU borders is a very good idea and the mechanism through which this could function should be seen, said on Friday in Brussels, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos.

“The border guard at European level is a very good idea. Romania has said several times that not only the effects of migration must be treated, but also its causes. And this implies a strict border control, alongside the strengthening of the capacity to enforce this control. Therefore, as a principle, the establishment of this border and coast guard is a very good idea. We must see now the contents of this proposition and in particular the enforcement mechanism, and it will be done,” said Ciolos ahead of the beginning of the second working session of the European Council.

Being asked whether he agrees with the proposition that this guard corps should intervene even if it has not the agreement of the state on whose territory the intervention takes place, the Premier said “the principle is good, yet we should address the details.”

On Tuesday, the European Commission presented in the Strasbourg Parliament a plan to create a European corps of border guards for the security of European external borders and coasts.

“I’ll do my best for a more active role of Romania in the EU”

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos says that in his capacity he will do his best for a more active role of Romania in the European Union.

“I believe in a strong European family and I’ll do my best as Prime Minister for a more active role of Romania in the European Union. It’s the only way we could entirely use the benefits of integration,” says Premier Dacian Ciolos in a post on his Facebook page, in connection with his participation in the first working session of the European Council.

The head of the Executive emphasizes that the main topic addressed by the heads of states and governments is migration, ‘a topic with political sensitivity that concerns both the member states and the ones in the neighbourhood right now.’

“Like I stated in the Romanian Parliament, my stance is clear: the EU should insist firstly on the understanding and treating the causes of migration, and afterwards on the identification of the best measures to keep under control the illegal, uncontrolled migration,” says Ciolos, adding that the European leaders “will try to endorse a resolution on the situation in Syria,” and will debate the proposition to extend by 6 months the sanctions to the Russian Federation.

According to a video posted on the Government’s website, at the beginning of the European Council’s working session, Ciolos had informal talks with several European leaders: the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the French President, Francois Hollande, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban.

Ciolos on declarations of Austrian Chancellor: I do not believe that solidarity can be won with threats

PM Dacian Ciolos stated Friday that European solidarity on the issue of migrants “cannot be won with threats” and that Romania is part of a category of states that do not accept threats to solve issues that must be solved together with the other European states.

Ciolos made reference to a statement by Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, who, on Thursday stated that financial consequences were not off limits for those EU member states that fail to cooperate within the effort to redistribute the 160,000 asylum seekers among EU members.

“This was not discussed in the Council yesterday, so they are declarations, let’s say, in his own name. Of course, I understand there is a need for more solidarity and, from this point of view, Romania was clear in that it is solidary with certain conditions, for tackling the issue of immigrants at the root, to stop this uncontrolled migration flow. But I, personally, believe that solidarity cannot be won by threats, regardless of who is making them and it is obvious that we are part of the category of states that do not accept this kind of threats to solve problems that need to be solved together,” Ciolos said before the start of the second work session of the European Council.

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