Romania’s commitment to support European efforts to manage an ongoing migration crisis was reiterated by Romania’s Interior Minister Ioan-Dragos Tudorache at an international meeting on the Balkan migration route in Vienna on Saturday.
The Interior Ministry reports in a press statement released on Sunday that Tudorache introduced to the meetings Romania’s contributions on a European level to migration management and support for the countries hit by the migration phenomenon. Tudorache underscored that Romania’s staff and logistics contribution to the European Union’s FRONTEX border management office and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is ranked among the most important ones
“As far as the FRONTEX missions are concerned, Romania is the second largest contributor to them after Germany, with 365 Romanian border police officers having taken part in them so far in 2016. At the same time, September-end of 2016, 14 border police officers are participating in a joint operation in support of Bulgarian authorities in the form of additional resources from the EU member states deployed to the land borders between Bulgaria and Turkey, and between Bulgaria and Serbia. Romania’s contribution to the FRONTEX missions being conducted in Bulgaria is currently the most solid. Thus, the 10 border police officers dispatched by FRONTEX to the Romanian-Bulgarian borders are Romanians, and so are 21 of the 68 officers deployed to the Bulgarian-Turkish borders,” says MAI.
On the side-lines of the Vienna meeting, Tudorache had a bilateral meeting with his Serbian counterpart Nebojsa Stefanovic to discuss migration management cooperation at the common border between Romania and Serbia and the need for the EU-Serbia readmission agreement being implemented. Likewise, he reiterated Romania’s interest in setting up joint border patrols at the common border as soon as possible.
Tudorache also met European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos to address migration issues and the visa requirements for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada.
Attending the Vienna summit meeting were EU member state and Western Balkan countries hit by the migration crisis over the past year, namely Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Hungary.