Metsola: Romania deserves a positive decision this year regarding Schengen accession

Romania expects and deserves a positive decision during the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union regarding the expansion of the Schengen area, said on Tuesday the President of the European Parliament (EP), Roberta Metsola, who was optimistic about the entry of our country and Bulgaria into the area European free movement.

“Not only are you waiting for this decision, but you deserve it since 2011. /…/ The (European) Parliament has done its duty and, if we have to do something else to identify what we still have to do, a We will do. Majorities exist, there is no problem as far as we are concerned. I think, therefore, that we will manage to find a solution. We have high expectations from this presidency (Spanish of the EU Council, ed.) to try to work with Austrian colleagues and others, if there are other countries where there continue to be questions and I think these questions can receive their answers” , said Metsola in an interview organized by European Newsroom for the agencies involved in this European media project, at the EP headquarters in Brussels, replying to a question regarding the chances that during the current six-month presidency of the EU Council, a positive decision will be taken regarding the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to Schengen.

Bulgaria and Romania want to become members of the free movement area, but Austria and the Netherlands blocked a positive decision at the JHA Council last December, citing insufficient control of migrant flows. While Bulgaria’s accession was blocked by the Netherlands and Austria, in the case of Romania the opposition came only from Vienna.

In her annual speech on the state of the European Union, given at the beginning of this month in the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, asked Austria to allow Romania and Bulgaria to enter Schengen “without any delay”.

Earlier this year, the Netherlands began giving diplomatic signals that it might waive its veto against Bulgaria, which would leave Austria isolated in the EU on the matter.

One of the reasons was a significant justice reform in Bulgaria, and another related to the European Commission’s decision to end the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) in the two neighboring countries.

Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu stated earlier this month that Spain, as president of the Council of the European Union, supports Romania’s accession to the Schengen area and makes sure that this topic is on the agenda again. The prime minister also stated on Monday evening that “as long as I am prime minister, I will not accept that the chancellor be a hypocrite and continue to humiliate Romania”.

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