Commissioner Valean: Assessment of Romania’s accession to Schengen is very good
The assessment of Romania’s accession to Schengen is very good, said on Wednesday the European Commissioner Adina Valean, the stage of preparation being spoken about in laudatory words.
“Good news from Brussels. We adopted in the College of Commissioners, today, a communication for the Council and the European Parliament in which an evaluation report on the Schengen Area is presented. What we are mainly interested in is the evaluation regarding Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia, as countries which intend to join Schengen. The evaluation is very good, I have never seen such appreciative words regarding the stage of preparation – as far as Romania is concerned, they talk about the “work of art” infrastructure, the dedication and high professionalism of the workers on our borders, we are talking about the extraordinary contribution that Romania had – precisely because it has well-prepared plans for exceptional situations – in what solidarity corridors mean in the face of the crisis in Ukraine,” Adina Valean said in an intervention at private TV broadcaster Digi 24.
The European Commission asked the EU Council to make the necessary decision, without any further delay, to allow Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia to fully participate in the Schengen area.
In a Communication adopted on Wednesday, the European Commission “takes stock of the three Member States’ strong record of achievements in the application of the Schengen rules,” according to the EC release.
Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia are ready to join (the Schengen area – n.r.). And the EU is ready to receive them, declared the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Ylva Johansson, in a press conference in Brussels.
It’s time to say ‘Welcome!’. The three countries deserve to become full members. (…) The await was too long, she said.
PM Ciuca: Romania is ready to fulfill its responsibilities and be part of Schengen
Romania is ready to fulfill its responsibilities and be part of Schengen, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca stated, after the European Commission has requested the EU Council, on Wednesday, to take the necessary decisions, without any delay, in order to allow the full accession of Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia to this area of free movement.
“The European Commission reconfirmed today that Romania is ready and should join Schengen. We fulfilled criteria since 2011. We stand ready to deliver on our responsibilities and be part of Schengen, as symbol of deepened European integration,” Ciuca conveyed on a post on the Twitter page of the Government.
MEP Cretu: Chances for EC to vote by end of the year
MEP Corina Cretu welcomed, on Wednesday, the decision adopted by the College of Commissioners on Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area, showing that there are now real chances for the Council of the European Union to vote on Romania’s entry into the free movement area by the end of the year.
“I appreciate the decision adopted, today, by the College of Commissioners on Romania’s accession to Schengen. It is an important signal from the European Commission and hope that this topic will appear on the agenda of the meeting of the Interior ministers of the European Union. Welcoming Romania in Europe’s free movement area is a major chance, which must be used to its maximum potential (…) We now have real chances that, by the end of the year, the Council of the European Union, formed by the heads of state and government of the Member States, will vote for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area,” said Corina Cretu, former European Commissioner for Regional Development, on Facebook.
The European parliamentarian showed that, through a favorable decision of the Council, Romania would join the other member states that allow crossing the borders without presenting identity documents and without control stops.
“Therefore, the benefits would be indisputable – both for tourism and trade, SMEs or transport, etc.,” emphasized Corina Cretu.
PSD’s Ciolacu: Romania is one step closer to Schengen
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu underscored on Wednesday that Romania is one step closer to Schengen and the European Commission confirmed that our country “has done its homework and meets all the requirements for the accession.”
“Romania is one step closer to Schengen! The European Commission confirmed today that our country has done its homework and meets all the requirements for the accession to Schengen. It is a paradigm shift. For the first time, the voice of those who support Romania was heard abroad more than that of those who constantly denigrate it, by playing some very small political games. All the people in-charge of the Romanian state understood the importance of the moment and acted with one voice. I also have a personal joy because, politically, we succeeded in making the European Social Democrats group the only one in the European Parliament that voted unanimously for Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. I am convinced that our European political family will be with us until the end,” Ciolacu wrote on his Facebook page.
He also invited the representatives of other political parties to “leave chattering” and do something for their country, at least in the 12th hour.
“For instance, to convince their colleagues of the political family they are part of to vote in favour of Romania’s accession to Schengen,” he pointed out.
ForMin Aurescu: EC’s communication is a confirmation once again of the fact that Romania is technically ready to join the Schengen Area
Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu qualifies as positive the recent evaluation of the European Commission regarding the accession of Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia to the Schengen Area, saying that to Romania it is confirmation that it is technically ready for accession.
“The result is very positive and the evaluation is very positive. It is a confirmation once again of the fact that Romania is technically ready to join the Schengen Area, but it is also a very strong message from a political point of view, because (…) Romania meets the necessary requirements, and at the same time, Romania’s accession also is a plus for the security of the Schengen area.(…) The advantages arising from Romania’s accession to the Schengen area are the strengthening of the area of free movement, advantages for companies, for haulers, boosting investment, increasing the competitiveness of the European Union,” Aurescu said on Wednesday at the Senate House.
He added that regarding the Netherlands, whose government has not yet taken a decision regarding Romania’s accession to Schengen, steps are being continued.
“Regarding Sweden, there is an opposition party in Sweden that has expressed certain reservations. We are in constant contact with the Swedish government. I also discussed on Sunday and Monday on the sidelines of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting with my Swedish counterpart, who assured me that the Swedish government supports Romania’s full accession to the Schengen Area. Steps are being taken through many channels, both at the governmental level, at the level of the social-democratic political family, which is very important. We continue our steps. There is no change in the current position of the Swedish government, as the previous one never said that it opposes Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area. We also continue our efforts with the Netherlands, which government has not made a decision. For the time being, there is no decision on their part,” added Aurescu.
IntMin Bode: Romania is increasingly closer to its accession to the Schengen Area
Interior Minister Lucian Bode said on Wednesday that Romania is increasingly closer to its accession to the Schengen Area, commenting on the European Commission’s request to the Council of the EU on allowing Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia participation in this free movement area.
Attending the ministerial conference of the Salzburg Forum, organised by the Interior Ministry at the Palace of Parliament, Minister Bode hailed the statements of European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, on the three states’ accession to Schengen.
“The Commissioner spoke about the results of the voluntary mission carried out by EU experts under the coordination of the European Commission in the beginning of October in Romania and Bulgaria. The Commissioner appreciated the results of this visits as extremely positive. The Commissioner said in her statement that it would be a historic decision and a moment of pride for entire Europe, referring to the moment of Romania’s. Bulgaria’s and Croatia’s accession to the Schengen Area. The Commissioner said Romania is more than prepared to join the Schengen Area and pointed out that this communication of the Commission has the role to strengthen the conviction of the Member States that Romania is prepared to join Schengen,” said Bode.
The Interior Minister also said that, following the EC request, Romania is getting closer to its accession to Schengen and he congratulated the Interior Ministry’s structures.
“Romania is getting increasingly closer to joining the Schengen Area. The European Commission has confirmed today that Romania continues to meet all the requirements for joining the Schengen Area and properly implements the Schengen acquis,” said Bode.
Acting President of the Senate Gorghiu: Romania’s place is in Schengen
Acting President of the Senate Alina Gorghiu believes that Romania’s place is in Schengen, and through Wednesday’s Communication of the European Commission came “a new confirmation” that Romania meets the accession requirements.
“Romania’s place is in Schengen! This right should be recognized to the Romanian citizens. Today, came a new confirmation that Romania meets the accession requirements: the Commissioners’ College approved the Communication regarding Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. We are already ensuring the security of the Eastern borders of the Union and we do it very well. Romania in Schengen has been a priority for the Government led by the PNL [the National Liberal Party], being a country project. Romania in Schengen is our right, as a EU member state, but also an obligation of the European Union toward our country,” Gorghiu told AGERPRES on Wednesday.
According to the PNL senator, “the advantages for the country are big: a great plus for the national economy, elimination of border queues for citizens and for transporters, drawing investments in Romania.”
Deputy PM Kelemen: European Commission confirms that Romania is technically prepared to join Schengen
Deputy Prime Minister Kelemen Hunor, the national leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), says that the European Commission’s announcement regarding Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area confirms that the country has been meeting the technical criteria for accession for a long time.
“The European Commission confirms what we have been saying for a long time and what the experts have also confirmed, namely the fact that Romania, from a technical point of view, has been prepared and ready to join the Schengen Area for a very long time, has met the technical criteria. And as the accession to the Schengen Area is a very strictly regulated matter in the Schengen Agreement, the technical criteria must be met – we already knew that – and, lo and behold: it is confirmed that Romania can and must enter the Schengen Area. (…) On the other hand, the European Union also needs a success story and that, from a political point of view, is a very serious argument in this period and I think that for that matter Romania’s accession to the Schengen area is to be expected and it must be done on January 1, no ifs and buts,” Kelemen told AGERPRES on Wednesday.
He voiced hope that the Netherlands will also understand why Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area is important, suggesting that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte could use strategic abstention, a little-used device that would not block Romania’s accession.
“In the European Council, of course, we need a unanimous vote. We see the attempt by the Netherlands to look for partners and discuss with Sweden, as others have refused it. I hope that the Netherlands will also understand why Romania’s accession is important and why it must not be blocked. There is a device available to Prime Minister Rutte, if he wants to use in the council without blocking Romania’s accession: it is strategic abstention. It has been used very rarely and is used extremely rarely in the council, but there is also this possibility, this device available to a member state when it does not want to block something, but it has reservations. Then, it abstains, but it does not block and does not spoil the unanimity for such a decision. So, I still hope that, in the end the Netherlands will also agree that this step must be taken and it must be taken this year, without delay,” concluded the UDMR leader.
Compiled from Agerpres
Compiled from Agerpres