The speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, discussed, on Tuesday, the accession of Romania and Croatia to Schengen and to the OECD with the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Gordan Grlic Radman, who is in Bucharest in the context of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
“I was happy to share with our Croatian partners the same common vision regarding the need for our countries’ accession to the Schengen area this year. This would represent not only a recognition of our legitimate expectations, but also a direct and significant contribution to strengthening the competitiveness of the internal market and increasing the resilience of the European Union. The discussions also focused on another major foreign policy objective – joining the OECD, an objective supported by the entire political class, as well as Romanian society. This is the next step in our democratic evolution, after we joined the select club of the European Union and NATO,” Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.
Ciolacu congratulated Radman for the success of the first Parliamentary Summit of the Crimea Platform, “an important event that sent a strong message of unity, solidarity and international support for Ukraine”.
Romania and Croatia’s accession to the Schengen area, the topic of Gorghiu – Radman meeting
The implications of the war against Ukraine and the accession of Romania and Croatia to the Schengen area were, on Tuesday, the main topics addressed by the interim president of the Senate, Alina Gorghiu, in the meeting with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Gordan Grlic Radman, who is on an official visit to Romania.
“In the context of the anniversary of 30 years of Romanian-Croatian diplomatic relations, the high Romanian dignitary appreciated the very good bilateral relations between Romania and the Republic of Croatia and the similar visions that the two countries share both within the EU and NATO, as well as regionally and internationally,” a Senate press release sent to AGERPRES reads.
In the context of the participation, on October 25, 2022, in the First Parliamentary Summit of the Crimea International Platform, Alina Gorghiu congratulated the Croatian side both for the good organization of this event hosted by the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia, and for the reconfirmation of the message of unity, international solidarity and support for Ukraine.
The two officials also discussed the consolidation and intensification of bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries, the implications of the illegal war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the impact of the war in Ukraine on other states, such as the Republic of Moldova, and on energy and food security at the global level, but also about Romania’s accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The meeting was attended by the ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Romania, Marija Kapitanovic, and the ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Croatia, Constantin-Mihail Grigorie.
Photo: Facebook/Marcel Ciolacu