Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday told his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte that the Romanian society is capable of undertaking the fight against corruption and securing justice independence “without being monitored from the outside.”
“At this lunch, we had time today to go into details about the political situation in Romania, the economic stability that we have, the maturity of the Romanian society which is capable of undertaking, on its own, without being monitored from outside, certain responsibilities, including the fight against corruption and [securing] justice independence. The Romanian society has already proven this lately and this kind of arguments are also important in the position our European partners will take, including in terms of the kind of political decisions the accession to the Schengen area,” Ciolos told a joint news conference with Rutte in The Hague.
Romania’s Prime Minister has paid an official visit to the Netherlands on Wednesday, to meet his Dutch counterpart, members of the Parliament and of the local Romanian community. He was welcomed at official residence of Dutch counterpart Rutte.
About the Netherlands’ perception over Romania’s progress with judiciary reform under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) and Schengen accession, Ciolos said the high level dialogue between the two countries is extremely important to give a chance to the Romanian authorities to better explain the realities of Romania.
“I believe that this kind of high-level dialogue that has lacked for many years, on a prime minister level, is important because it allows us to explain what the realities in Romania are. Many times, decisions in Brussels or in some member states are based on assessments that are more superficial and that are not always based on a deep knowledge of realities,” Ciolos said.
In his turn, Prime Minister Rutte, who welcomed the Romanian counterpart at his official residence in The Hague, showed that in its CVM report of January, the European Commission found that important steps had been taken for justice reform and the fight against corruption.
Romania can provide headquarters for European border security agency
After meeting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague on Wednesday, Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Romania is advocating the idea of a European coast and border security agency being set up and that Romania could provide headquarters for such an organisation on its soil.
“We are backing the idea of a European coast and border guard system that will strengthen what FRONTEX is currently doing and that will perfectly match the existing national border control capabilities. (…) That is a good idea and to the extent we can find solutions to preserve the sovereign rights of the member states and also to provide European coordination, Romania will more than just support the idea: as I told the Dutch prime minister, it is even ready to provide headquarters for some of the agency on its soil,” Ciolos told a joint news conference with Rutte.
He said Romania has invested massively over the past years in its accession to the border-free Schengen Area and border security.
“We have the most up-to-date border security systems in Europe and we can see it work. So, in this area, Romania can contribute, and it is already doing it actively, while being ready to do even more,” said Ciolos.
Rutte praised Romania for its cooperation under the European migrant relocation mechanism, saying that such support eases up migration pressure on Greece.