The Romanian government hails the signing in Brussels of the CETA Treaty and informs that Canada has confirmed the lifting of visas for Romanian citizens in two stages, partially as of May 1, 2017 and totally as of December 1, 2017. PM Dacian Ciolos says “it is an important moment both for the citizens and for businessmen.”
The government mentions that, following the intense discussions between the two prime-ministers Dacian Ciolos and Justin Trudeau, the Canadian government has confirmed its commitment to eliminate the visa regime for all Romanian citizens as of December 1, 2017, after the first liberalization stage as of May 1, 2017.
“It’s an important moment for Romania, not only because it opens access for Romanians to the CETA agreement benefits, but also because the last discriminatory criterion against Romanians is eliminated. I believe the visa liberalisation will open important opportunities for Romanian businessmen trying to develop projects with the Canadian partners,” PM Dacian Ciolos said.
PM Ciolos thanked Canadian PM Justin Trudeau for his “personal involvement” in the negotiations.
President Iohannis: A double benefit impact
“Romanian President Klaus Iohannis hails the signing, in Brussels, of the CETA Treaty between the European Union and Canada, a context allowing the coming into force of the agreement between Romania and Canada regarding full visa liberalisation for Romanian citizens as of December 1, 2017,” a Presidential Administration release informs.
According to the source, the head of state says the impact of decisions will be twice beneficial for Romanians. “On one hand the different approach against other European citizens is eliminated, in regard to the free movement in Canada and, on the other hand, Romanian citizens will benefit from the positive economic effects coming from the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada.”