Romania’s European agenda and its priorities were the main topics of talks between Romanian Interior Minister Petre Toba and his Maltese counterpart Carmelo Abela (photo L), on a visit to Bucharest ahead of Malta’s taking over the rotating presidency of the EU Council in 2017.
“Interior Minister Petre Toba welcomed today Malta’s Internal Affairs and National Security Minister Carmelo Abela, who is paying an official visit to Romania. The two officials underscored the good cooperation between the Romanian and Maltese governmental bodies, both on a bilateral and on a European level,” the Romanian Interior Ministry (MAI) reports in a press statement on Thursday.
Toba underscored that “Romania remains engaged in consolidating the fundamental goals of the European project: peace, stability, prosperity and solidarity, and that Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area will consolidate the Schengen Area’s security and will send a strong signal of support for the European construction.”
Abela said Romania is technically prepared to be part of the Schengen agreement and that during its presidency of the European Council Malta will conduct sustained efforts for winning consensus inside the Council of the European Union on Romania’s intention of entering the Schengen Area.
At the same time, the two officials detailed aspects of the migration phenomenon, terrorism combat and the Passenger Name Record, given that Romania has made operational a National Unit of Passenger Name Record, with Romania being among the first in the EU to implement the Passenger Name Record and use it as a necessary working instrument amidst threats against the security of European citizens.
Ministers Abela, Motoc address the priorities in the field of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2017
National Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc on Thursday had a meeting with Malta’s Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Carmelo Abela at the National Defence Ministry (MApN) offices.
According to a press release, the two officials have addressed the priorities in the field of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2017. The Romanian official expressed the support for the balanced approach of the risks and threats to the European security, both in the Black Sea region and in the Mediterranean Sea region, also stressing their strategic importance for the European security.
“The Maltese official referred extensively to the migration problems. In the context, the two officials appreciated the recent release by the European Commission on the New Partnership Framework and strengthened cooperation with third countries on migration, promoted to manage the migration phenomenon in a sustainable, equitable way,” the MApN release adds.