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Comanescu meets Austrian counterpart Kurz: Romania’s Schengen accession would strengthen free movement space

Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu had a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz in Vienna on Monday, on which occasion he said that the Schengen Area must be consolidated, and that Romania’s accession would contribute to this.

According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release, the two ministers talked about the priorities in the development of the bilateral relation, underscoring the specific attention which the two countries continue to grant to deepening the political and economic ties.

Thus, the two officials highlighted the good integration of the Romanian community in Austria and its catalyst potential in consolidating the bilateral relation.

The two ministers also discussed the bilateral coordination in the perspective of Romania and Austria assuming the six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council in 2019, as the two states are going to manage, alongside Finland, the trio working programme.

In this context, the two dignitaries agreed on maintaining an intense dialogue, both for continuing the development of the bilateral relations and for a better coordination of stances in pursuit of the common interests at regional and European level, as well as for strengthening cooperation in the perspective of Austria’s taking over the OSCE chairmanship in 2017.

In respect to the topical files on the European and international agenda, the two ministers had an opinion exchange on migration, the Schengen Area functioning and the developments in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood.

“Minister Lazar Comanescu underscored that the Schengen Area must be not only maintained, but also consolidated, adding that Romania’s accession would contribute to this,” MAE points out.

Moreover, they assessed the results of the EU Strategy for the Danube region, to which both countries attach major importance, in their capacity as initiators.

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