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PM Ciolos, after European Council meeting: Migration flow control also important to preserve Schengen

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos believes that in respect to migration, for Romania it is important to control the migration flow.

PM Ciolos on Friday presented the main conclusions of the European Council meeting in Brussels and Romania’s position on the topics discussed.

“Referring to migration, we talked about relocation and certain measures which, as Romania also requests, refer to handling the migration issue at the source and identifying some solutions in this direction, as well as the proposal that the European Commission has made on strengthening the control at the EU borders. In this context, there have also been talks on the check points and the distribution of migrants in Greece and Italy. For Romania the migration flow control is important also in order to make sure that the Schengen Area remains a reality, and the control measures at the Schengen borders represent just a temporary solution, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos underscored,” reads a Government release sent to Agerpres.

Another topic approached at the European Council meeting was aimed at the consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union.

“Romania, as a country that seeks to join the Economic and Monetary Union, insisted on the need of transparency in respect to the decisions of the states in the Eurozone and on the fact that these shouldn’t affect those in the non-euro area and mustn’t place new barriers on the way to adopting the single currency,” the Government mentions.

In regards to the referendum in the UK, PM Ciolos underscored that all member states want this country to remain inside the EU, and Romania insisted on a final compromise not including discriminating provisions based on the affiliation to one member state or another.

Besides the discussions carried out within the European Council meeting, PM Ciolos also had meetings with EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and with European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans.

On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister presented Romania’s intention to grant support, financial support included, to the Republic of Moldova, provided that a government committed to the reforms assumed through the partnership agreement signed with the EU is formed as soon as possible in Chisinau.

At the same time, in the meeting with Frans Timmermans, PM Dacian Ciolos reiterated his intention of making sustained efforts for an as much as possible active role of Romania in the EU, the cited source points out.

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