PM Ciolos advocates Schengen accession to EU ambassadors

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos declared after meeting the EU states’ ambassadors in Bucharest on Tuesday that he has explained them his government’s priorities and stance on migration, and the reasons for which “Romania is still an important candidate to the Schengen Area.”

It was the usual meeting with the diplomats, organized by the embassy of the country who holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union – currently, the Netherlands – “a very useful meeting and exchange of opinions,” according to Ciolos. “I have explained them [the ambassadors] our top three priorities in economy, administration reform and Romania’s preparations for the EU Presidency in 2019,” he added.

Other topics on the European agenda, such as the migration, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) and the situation in the Republic of Moldova, were also discussed.

About the CVM, the prime minister said he has “explained why Romania considers an internalization mechanism, practically, of this control instrument of the [European] Commission in its usual relevant proceedings.”

Ciolos also briefed the diplomats on his recent talks with his Moldovan counterpart, PM Petru Filip.

As regards migration, he denied receiving requests to accept immigrants. “Romania has some obligations following decisions on a European level, but the check points in Greece and Italy do not work well enough to allow estimating the number of potential migrants”, he detailed.

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