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Senate’s Tariceanu: We already have experience of Europe with multiple speeds, several classes

President of the Senate Catalin Popescu-Tariceanu stated on Friday that Romania already has the experience of a Europe with multiple speeds, taking into account that it’s different from the other EU member states, through the fact that Romania has the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) setup and it’s not part of the Schengen Area.

“The hopes I have nurtured 25 years ago and even 10 years ago are not accomplished according to the aspirations and the things I have imagined. […] Currently, we have for Romania two mechanisms that make us different from the other European countries. I am talking about the CVM and the fact that we are not members of the Schengen Area. And this thing, in my opinion, reveals that there is a unilateral attitude I would say, that places under the question mark Romania’s vocation to be a EU member state. And when I say unilateral intention, I refer to those that are on the European Commission level and leadership,” Tariceanu stated at the debate titled “Europe, where to?”, which is organized by MEPs Norica Nicolai and Mircea Diaconu and held at the Parliament Palace.

In the opinion of the Senate President, lately, the CVM “was more a verification mechanism on substance, than a cooperation one.”

He claimed that under these circumstances Romania already has the experience of a Europe with multiple speeds, a thing that is contradictory to the thinking of the EU’s founding fathers.

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