At the level of the Government, there is no approach aimed at a boycott or any other type of action following the vote expressed by Austria within the JHA Council, the spokesperson for the Government, Dan Carbunaru said on Wednesday.
“At the level of the Romanian Government there is no intention, no approach aimed at a boycott or any other type of action in relation to the vote expressed by Austria within the JHA Council. What I can assure you is that at the level of the Government and at the level of the ministries with responsibilities in the field continue all the necessary institutional and political steps to obtain the necessary unanimity for Romania in the next period to obtain a vote in favor of joining the Schengen Area, and this will become a reality,” he told a press conference held at the Victoria Palace.
Asked how he comments on Deputy Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu’s announcement regarding the transfer of some accounts from an Austrian bank to CEC Bank, Dan Carbunaru replied that it is a matter of specific decisions, taken at the level of some institutions.
“I will not comment on one decision or another that is taken at the level of a component institution. At the level of the Government of Romania, I can confirm that there is no such approach, something that was also officially confirmed at the level of the head of state, the President of Romania, who even today, in the press conference he held in Brussels, he confirmed this. Of course, there is disappointment, there is dissatisfaction with what is rightly considered to be an unfair thing towards Romania. The answer, however, lies in diplomacy and negotiation. (…) I don’t comment on decisions that are taken on a specific level, but elements of harmonization that may take place during this period will be brought to your attention as they happen in reality,” said Carbunaru, according to Agerpres.
He emphasized that, from the perspective of EU membership, Romania benefited from tens of billions of EUR that “contributed to the well-being of this country and to raising the standard of living of Romanians”. Added to this it is almost 10 billion EUR in PNRR that Romania can access this year, as well as other billions of EUR from the multiannual financial framework. At the same time, he referred to the 40 billion EUR from the cohesion funds intended for Romania for the period 2021-2027.
“There are, therefore, important funds that Romania accesses and that are part of the wider package of benefits that our country obtained upon entering the EU on January 1, 2007. Of course, joining the Schengen Area is an important objective, as the accession to the OECD (…). I say all these things to stress the role that Romania plays in this context and the access to welfare projects that we have in progress,” Carbunaru mentioned.