Finnish ambassador: We may change stance on Romania’s accession to Schengen area

One of the countries that opposed Romania’s accession to the Schengen area in 2011 could change its opinion. Ulla Väistö, Ambassador of Finland in Bucharest, spoke about the reasons that could influence this change of perspective.
The Finnish envoy acknowledged she understands Romanians’ frustration as our country’s progress towards Schengen is linked to that of Bulgaria. Ambassador of Finland has made statements on Realitatea TV.
Ulla Väistö, the Ambassador of Finland in Bucharest, referred to Romania’s progress when she spoke about her country’s position regarding Romania’s accession to the Schengen area.
“Our government has not advanced any new official position, although it is ready to reconsider its initial decision, based on the progress made by Romania. It is certain that these things need to be discussed to see if we make the next step. This has not been necessary so far as the Brussels decision had been postponed every time. They came close to a decision, but it was postponed. It was obvious that there was no consensus and this is not necessarily because of Finland,” the Ambassador said.
The ambassador said she understands the frustration of Bucharest related to the road to Schengen area, especially when Romania’s progress is judged jointly with the Bulgarian authorities’ progress.

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