Romania reaffirms in Brussels its stance on accession to Schengen Area

Romania reaffirmed on Monday in Brussels its stance that the evaluation of its preparedness to join the Schengen Area should be grounded exclusively in the criteria included in the Schengen acquis, rejecting proposals such as the establishment of an ad-hoc working group to impose new requirements.

Attending the meetings of the European Union's General Affairs and External Relations Council, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi approached the Schengen file in his conversations with the state secretaries for European affairs of Germany and France.

He asked Laurent Wauquiez to provide concrete details of France's reservations over Romania's preparedness to accede to the Schengen Area.

"We can see that France still has this reservation, although the Sch-EVAL working group for Schengen evaluation has adopted its report on Romania. We would like to know what are the points that supports the pertinence of the reservations. The idea that an ad-hoc group to burden Romania and Bulgaria with new requirements in addition to the Schengen acquis as we know it today would be opportune now is an idea Romania will not accept," said Baconschi.

He added that the latest developments in northern Africa show that the main immigration problems do not arise from the eastern part of the EU, and that is why there should be a correctly staged perception of tackling immigration risks.

The EU interior ministers are expected to approve at a meeting on Thursday of the Justice and Home Affairs Council some conclusions - which draft version is deemed slightly beyond expectations by Romania - on the current developments in Romania and Bulgaria on their way to joining eth Schengen Area. Moreover, the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Council is expected to present a separate declaration on the same issue.

The enlargement of the border-free Schengen Area is a main priority of the current rotational presidency of the EU Council held by Hungary that ends on June 30.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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