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September 17, 2019

Ambassador Emil Hurezeanu: I don’t know of concrete objection on Germany’s part against Romania joining Schengen

Romanian Ambassador to Berlin Emil Hurezeanu stated on Saturday, in Cluj, that Germany has no concrete objection against Romania joining Schengen.

Present at a debate on the German economy’s influence on the structure of the Romanian economy, the Romanian ambassador pointed out that the difficulties that our country has to go through in order to join the Schengen Area are expressed rather in the political and diplomatic environment.

“I don’t know of any concrete objection on Germany’s part against Romania joining the Schengen Area. No objection has been concretely expressed. The following idea is being expressed at the level of political and diplomatic discussion – ‘technically and politically you are compatible with the Schengen Area, there are however difficulties to surpass and see if you can convince the French and the Dutch.’ I’ve been hearing this for years and also in my previous capacity as less constrained observer, so to speak, of the political scene. Recently, I notice that the story about the Schengen Area has entered this tumult that transforms the EU from one day to the next into an open fighting arena with an unclear result,” Hurezeanu stated.

He added that, in his opinion, a reform of the Schengen Area is currently in the preparation stages.

“The French President spoke in Bucharest with his finger raised – sometimes the Germans were reproached with doing this (…) but this time the French President did it, saying that ‘we are reforming the Schengen Area anyway and we’ll see then what role you will have.’ (…) This after around 500 million have already been invested. So, meanwhile, when we correspond politically we will no longer be technically capable and we will start all over again,” the ambassador added.

On Saturday, Emil Hurezeanu was present at the Babes-Bolyai University, where he took part in the ‘German economic power and its influence on the structure of the Romanian economy’ debate which took place as part of Herbstfest – the German Economy’s Autumn Festival, an event organised by the Club of German-speaking Businessmen in Northern Transylvania (DWNT).


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