President Klaus Iohannis declared that Romania’s accession to the Schengen area represents “a frustration”, given that our country has been “very involved in this case”.
Asked in Brussels whether progress is being made on joining the Schengen area, as the Croatian Prime Minister addressed the plenary session of the European Parliament on the need to boost the accession process, the president said it was a procedural step by the Romanian side since 2011.
“Even if it doesn’t seem like much is being done, I can assure you that we have been very involved in this case. My team, the government team and I personally had a whole series of discussions. The issue is also complicated by the fact that a long time has passed since the actual evaluation and the fact that the Prime Minister addressed Parliament, yes, it is a procedural step to obtain the European Parliament’s opinion. We took this step in 2011, but there are still steps to be taken. They are negotiating, we are involved in the negotiations and we hope that in the end we will have a good solution on this file, which, we must be honest, is a frustration for us as well “, said the President of Romania, quoted by Agerpres.
President Klaus Iohannis is attending meetings of European Union and Western Balkans leaders, the European Council and the extended Euro Summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.
Editor : M.L.