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Interparliamentary Conference on the Future of the European Union hosted by the Palace of Parliament. Deputy Speaker Iordache: Romania’s Presidency at EU Council concluded 80 files; it shows Romania’s seriousness regarding European issues. Senate’s Tariceanu: It’s very hard explaining to citizens why they cannot move freely in Schengen

The Romanian Presidency at the European Union Council has 80 files concluded at mid-term and this thing shows “the seriousness which Romania treats the European issues with,” Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Florin Iordache said on Monday.

He delivered a speech in the opening of the Interparliamentary Conference on the Future of the European Union, organised within Romania’s rotating Presidency at the EU Council, which takes place at the Palace of Parliament.

“During the three months of the Romanian Presidency, Romania has contributed to the discussions regarding the ongoing European legislative files, managing to conclude over 80 files at mid-term, and almost 10 common interpretations. This situation, recently published by the Council of the European Union, shows the involvement and seriousness which Romania treats European issues with,” Iordache said.

He talked about the benefits of the European Union and the perspective of a possible no-deal Brexit.

“We are aware of the benefits of the European Union membership and we want to make decisions in line with the interests of the European citizens. When talking about the European citizens’ interests, we cannot help thinking of the increasingly worrying developments of Brexit in this period. Despite all the recent provisions, a possible Brexit without an agreement would have disastrous effects over the European citizens and companies. During the tough negotiations over the past months, the European Union remained united, prepared for any possible scenario,” he added.

Furthermore, Iordache remarked that the single market “is one of the greatest achievements of the European Union.”

The Interparliamentary Conference on the Future of the European Union takes place on Monday and Tuesday in Bucharest.

The Conference will conclude with the signing of a Joint Declaration, a document which will be sent as a parliamentary contribution to the EU Summit on 9 May 2019, in Sibiu.

 

Senate’s Tariceanu: It’s very hard explaining to citizens why they cannot move freely in Schengen

 

It’s “very hard” for the Romanian MPs to explain to their electors why they cannot move freely in the Schengen area, although the technical criteria have already been met, but this “sorrow” didn’t trigger any populist movements in our country, Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said in the opening of the Interparliamentary Conference on the Future of the European Union.

The Senate President also spoke about Romania being pro-Europe.

“All polls show that more than two thirds of Romanian have positive feelings about the future of the European Union. The figure is significantly higher than the European average. Romanians truly believe that the four fundamental liberties, the internal market, the cohesion policy, the common agricultural policy and the EU’s enlargement are processes that improve the daily lives of the citizens,” he said.

Tariceanu also discussed the fact that Romania is not part of Schengen.

“It’s very hard for us, the Romanian MPs, to explain to our citizens why they cannot move freely in the Schengen area, although the Romanian Government has met all the requirements. They feel more and more like they are not recognized as European citizens with full rights, in which context the Romanian society should also be given credit as this sorrow did not trigger any populist trends,” pointed out Tariceanu.

He appreciated that “however, the European institutions are frequently seen as places of good economy, but of bad politics.” Thus, he highlighted the fact that, at EU level, “experts who were not elected” gained increasingly more ground.

“European elites got closer to the reduction of what we have been raised to see, in the context of the national politics, and they replaced [these values – editor’s note] with the rules of bureaucrats, lawyers and other experts who weren’t elected. So far, their approach did work. In the May election to the European Parliament there will be a test that will show if this trend continues or not,” said Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.

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