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Romania’s accession to Schengen, among topics discussed by PM Ciuca with  European Parliament’s Metsola

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca is paying an official visit to Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday, occasion on which he will have meetings with his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo, President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, as well as with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Prime Minister Ciuca on Wednesday has on the agenda meetings with President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, as well as with President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen.

Today, experts from the European Commission and the EU member states present in Brussels to the Working Group for Schengen issues, their report and conclusions regarding the Schengen evaluation mission in Romania and Bulgaria.

At the headquarters of the North-Atlantic Alliance, the Romanian PM will meet Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the two officials are scheduled to hold a joint news conference.

Also on Wednesday, the head of the Romanian Executive and his Belgian counterpart will have a meeting and hold a joint press conference.

On this occasion, several documents are to be signed, namely: the Bilateral Cooperation Agreement between the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK CEN) and the “Horia Hulubei” National Institute for R&D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), the Memorandum of Understanding regarding the cooperation in the nuclear area between the Technology for Nuclear Energy State Owned Company (RATEN) and the SCK CEN.

The Romanian Prime Minister will also have consultations with representatives of Romanian and Belgian business community.

Nicolae Ciuca will also meet Manfred Weber, the Chair of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament.

Also scheduled are the meetings with Ambassador Iulia Matei, Romania’s permanent representative to the European Union COREPER II and Ambassador Dan Neculaescu, Romania’s Permanent Representative to NATO.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Ciuca will meet European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean and the delegation of Romanian MEPs.

The delegation led by the Prime Minister is made up of Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu and Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu.

 

Romania’s accession to Schengen, among topics discussed by PM Ciuca with  European Parliament’s Metsola

 

Prime minister Nicolae Ciuca, on a working visit to Brussels, Wednesday through Thursday, had a meeting with the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, with whom he discussed issues related to Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, the EU’s response to Russia’s military aggression over Ukraine, the consolidation of the EU’s action in its neighbourhood and energy security, a government release reads.

By evoking the consistent and active support of the European legislative forum and president Roberta Metsola towards the objective of concretizing Romania’s accession to the Schengen area by the end of the year, prime minister Nicolae Ciuca thanked for this support.

“The resolution recently adopted by the European Parliament fully recognizes Romania’s legitimate expectations regarding the accession to the Schengen area, which gives us confidence that the consistent actions taken by Romania regarding the application of the standards of the Schengen acquis provide the solid basis for the rapid adoption of a favorable political decision,” the prime minister said.

The head of the Romanian Executive also reconfirmed the common interest in strengthening the unity of action and the cohesion of the Union in the face of the current challenges. In this context, he expressed his great appreciation for the consistent action of the European Parliament and for the pragmatic vision of president Roberta Metsola in favour of a rapid and firm response of the Union in the face of the Russian war in Ukraine.

“The exchange of views confirmed the convergence of vision regarding the need to strengthen the robust support of the Union, the European institutions and the member states for the advance of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova in preparing for accession, according to their European strategic option and in the spirit of their status as candidate countries,” the Gov’t release reads.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.gov.ro

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