German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Romania has made accelerated reform efforts and the latest CVM report recognizes the progress, so the decision regarding the Schengen accession belongs now to the EU interior ministers. Steinmeier made the statement on Monday, while on visit to Bucharest, ziare.com informs.
President Klaus Iohannis has received on Monday, at the Cotroceni Palace, German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The German official was also received by PM Victor Ponta.
“I know that Romania in recent years made remarkable efforts. I know the lastest CVM report highlights the progress made, especially in terms of strengthening the independence of the judiciary and now it is up to the European interior ministers to decide upon the next steps. We are willing to support the discussions’ process in an open way,” Steinmeier said in a joint press conference with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu.
FM Aurescu has reiterated in turn that Romania already acts as a “de facto” Schengen state”. “We have many achievements in terms of strengthening the European space against illegal migration, against other types of threats. The accession to the Schengen area will make us increase the efficiency of this type of activity, and obviously we can prove these claims with concrete arguments,” he said.
“We agreed to work together to find a solution in the next period,” Aurescu said.
German FM Steinmeier was asked in what way the situation in Ukraine affects Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. The German Foreign Minister said that the situation in eastern Ukraine does not change the problem: “The conflict has nothing to do with the conditions of accession to the Schengen area. The non-member states should continue to work diligently to meet them.”
Economic cooperation and in matters related to minorities
Prime Minister Victor Ponta received, on Monday, at the Government House, the visit of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a government release informs.
“The Prime Minister hailed the excellent level of the investment and economic dynamic, Germany being Romania’s main economic partner, and presented the performances of Romanian economy, the measures taken by the Government to encourage investments. Emphasized were the positive results of the cooperation with Germany in what regards the promotion of dual education and the intention to expand the projects in this domain”, reads a release remitted to Agerpres, after the meeting.
According to the quoted source, both officials reiterated their appreciation “for the model that is represented by the collaboration in matters regarding the German minority in Romania, and, respectively, for the substantial contribution of the Romanian community in Germany to key domains for the economy and society of this country”.
The quoted release adds that the two officials agreed to continue coordination and consultations between the two governments, with the open commitment of the two states to deepen the European project and the converging positions in multiple cases being in view.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta presented Romania’s objectives in regards to ensuring the energy security, including the emphasis placed on the interconnection with the Republic of Moldova.
“The two officials approached the situation in the eastern vicinity. The Prime Minister reiterated support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova. Emphasized was the openness of the two states to support the Republic of Moldova on its path towards modernization and reform and implementation of the Association Agreement, in the interest of the citizens of this country”, the aforementioned release concludes.
German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday said that, according to a “representative” study conducted in Germany, Romanians are among the best integrated employees in the labour market in this country.
“A very surprising study has been recently released in Germany. The figures of this study – it is a very large, representative study – prove that the Romanians in Germany are among those employees who are best integrated in the labour market of Germany. This confirms a matter which we have already known before the study was released, when we said that Germany benefits in its turn from the labour of those citizens who work in Germany. They deserve our entire respect,” Steinmeier said in Bucharest, in a joint press conference with Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu.
Steinmeier also said that in Germany there are approximately 350,000 Romanians and admitted that there have been “not very positive” stories about them.
“I have always suspected that many things circulated in the public area are fed by preconceived ideas. I was confirmed this thing, that there have been such ungrounded preconceived ideas,” Steinmeier added.
photo: Romanian Foreign Ministry