Manfred Weber, the European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for the future European Commission presidency, has launched an appeal to the Romanian Government to make adequate decisions to strengthen the rule of law and the fight against corruption, warning that the Executive has great responsibility in this regard.
Our intentions are clear: to extend the Schengen space, and Romania and Bulgaria should become members of this area. It is our common goal, it is our common direction. The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report on Bulgaria is very positive, it aims at the implementation of the rule of law, whereas the CVM report on Romania is very negative, Weber said.
He added that Romania is heading to a wrong direction in terms of rule of law, leading to problems regarding the Schengen space. The Romanian Government has great responsibility to change the direction, on the contrary, Romania has slim chances to join the Schengen area, the EPP candidate said on Thursday, according to adevarul.ro, during a meeting with Romanian journalists in Brussels.
Manfred Weber stressed that Romania has made important steps in terms of technical preparations for joining Schengen, but he warned that from the political point of view the problem is that the people in the rest of Schengen area fear that the fight against corruption in Romania is not working properly.
The German MEP added that the Government has great responsibility to clear the question marks during the next several weeks, if not the situation will have great impact on Romania’s effort to join Schengen.