PM Ciolos embarks on visit to Canada, visa-lifting issue high on the agenda

Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos will pay a visit to Canada during June 14-16, reads a Government’s press release. The visa waiver issue might be high on the talks’ agenda.

The premier had informed two weeks ago that he would discuss the topic Canada’s visa lifting for Romanian citizens during a visit that he would pay to Ottawa in mid-June.

Canada should have a clear stance on this, normally by this autumn, for we are in an advanced stage with approving the Free exchange agreement and even it is not formally related to the visas issue, but however, when this agreement has been negotiated, Canada took some commitments (…) It’s very probable that I pay a visit to Ottawa in mid-June (…) I have the confirmation of PM Trudeau’s accept to meet. I will probably have some meetings in Parliament,” PM Ciolos used to say during a dinner granted by the Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in the honor of the SEECP summit participants in Sofia on June 1st.

Also back then, Premier Dacian Ciolos and his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov agreed to send a joint letter to the Canadian authorities, calling for a visa waiver for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens.

“Certain commitments were made as part of the negotiations between the EU and Canada and we want them to be respected, and we agreed on several joint diplomatic steps,” said Dacian Ciolos.

Three weeks ago, PM Ciolos said that Romania will use all available tools after Canada breached its commitment on lifting the tourist visas for Romania and Bulgaria.

We have already completed negotiations with Canada and the moment they were completed, there was an agreement with Canada, and Canada also made a commitment on eliminating the tourist visas for Romania and Bulgaria, with the guarantee — if I recall well — that by the moment the deep and comprehensive and free trade treaty is ratified, this matter would be solved; and regretfully I find that we are not in the respective situation,” Ciolos answered a question during Eurosfat, a forum on European affairs.

The prime minister mentioned he exposed this matter to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and with the European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom.

“I had a talk with President Juncker and with Commissioner Malmström, who is not directly responsible for the visa issue, because she is negotiating commercial treaties, but it was an understanding with Canada and, as prime minister of the government of a EU Member State, I consider that the European Union and the European Commission, representing the European Union, should be very firm in relation with Canada, so that our partners observe their commitments,” Ciolos stated.

The premier insisted that Romania would use all available to have this commitment observed.


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