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Joint Gov’t commission on ethnic Germans affairs also discusses Romania’s accession to Schengen Area

Romania’s accession to the EU’s border-free Schengen Area was one of the topics discussed by the joint governmental commission on Romania’s ethnic Germans affairs, according to State Secretary for Euro Atlantic Bilateral and Strategic Affairs with Romania’s Foreign Ministry’s (MAE) George Ciamba.

“We also discussed Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. (…) The protocol we have signed reflects our wish for the German members of the joint commission on ethnic Germans affairs as well to be an active advocate of Romania’s with the German Government as far as Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area is concerned. This is something they promised and constantly did. Precisely here comes the commission’s part as a bridge maker regarding the German community of Romania,” Ciamba said at the MAE headquarters on Tuesday.

Asked about how the German side sees Romania’s objective of entering the Schengen Area, Germany’s senior official in charge with immigrants of German origins and national minorities Hartmut Koschyk said the commission discussed this very important theme.

“The German minority is an important advocate of Romania’s interests in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. (…) We discussed this very important theme (…) and took it over to our communique; I can assure you that the communique will be forwarded to other important governmental leaders of Germany as well,” said Koschyk.

Ciamba and Koschyk held a joint press conference on Tuesday at the MAE headquarters in Bucharest at the end of the 20th session of the Romanian-German joint governmental commission on Romania’s ethnic Germans affairs, April 10-11 in Bucharest.

On the same occasion, the protocol of the 20th session was also signed at the MAE headquarters.

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