Without Romania, the European Union would not be complete, the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament plenary session on Tuesday, adding that Romania must be part of the Schengen space. However, Juncker warned the Parliament and Government in Bucharest that Romania’s Schengen accession must not be jeopardized by removing the rule of law principles.
Juncker further said that Romania is no neutral country to him and that he had deep feelings for it, for he likes the Romanian people and he is thinking of it. In his view, Romania is a stability provider, not a stability consumer. „Without Romania, the European Union would not be complete (…) Romania celebrates the Centennial of the Great Union on December 1. Maybe it is a Romanian celebration, but it is also a European one, and we will celebrate together,” Juncker stated during the debate that was also attended by President Klaus Iohannis.
The EC President praised Romania for setting up the National Anti-corruption Directorate, arguing that other European countries had not this courage.
Juncker underlined that Romania must be part of the Schengen Space and that he would like this to happen under his mandate. Yet, he warned the Romanian Government and Parliament that Schengen accession must not be jeopardized by removing the rule of law principles, and exemplifying with the recent amendments on the justice laws.
Juncker said it’s his wish that Romania should reach a consensus on anti-corruption fight before it takes over the Presidency of the EU Council. He concluded that reaching this consensus is essential, otherwise the EC would find hard to adopt the recommendations typical to each country.