Romania has an essential contribution to the security of the EU borders, being one of the most important contributors to FRONTEX Agency’s activity, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan told the Salzburg Forum – Vienna Process Ministerial Conference in Vienna.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) on Friday, the main topics on the agenda of the Salzburg Forum – Vienna Process were the internal security of the European Union, the asylum and migration policy, the strengthening of external border security in the context of new challenges and the fight against extremism and terrorism.
Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan underscored at the conference the importance that Romania attaches to the creation of a safe space for European citizens.
“Romania has an essential contribution to the security of the EU borders, being one of the most important contributors to FRONTEX Agency’s activity, having an essential role in ensuring the security of the European borders on three levels: provider of expertise, highly-skilled human resources and state-of-the-art technological equipment. I want to emphasize the importance of regional cooperation in the current security context and the role of the Salzburg Forum in strengthening the partnership between the law enforcement agencies of its member states in order to increase the safety of their citizens and implicitly of the whole region, said Carmen Dan, quoted in the press release.
Another topic addressed at the Ministerial Conference was related to the Vienna Process, aimed at harmonizing the policies and priorities of the EU member states that have held, are holding or will take over the EU Council Presidency.
At the same time, Carmen Dan had a bilateral meeting with Austrian counterpart Herbert Kickl, as well as meetings with the ministers attending the conference and with the heads of the European organizations present at the event.
Romania, in its capacity as chair of the Salzburg Forum, will hold the ministerial conference in Bucharest on June 14-15.
Romania has, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the chairmanship of the Salzburg Forum, with a six-month mandate taken over in January 2018, which runs until June this year.
The Forum is a regional mechanism for political consultations and multilateral cooperation between the Central and Eastern European countries, set up at Austria’s initiative. The Salzburg Forum includes Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, the MAI also said.