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Romanian President: Romania & Bulgaria Accession to Schengen Would Strengthen Resilience of EU

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen Area will help strengthen the single market and strengthen the flexibility of the entire European Union.

The president made the remarks during his talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev, according to Schengen Visa Info reports.

“We have also come close to our countries’ goal in terms of moving forward with accession to the Schengen area,” Yohannes emphasized.

The President of Romania added that the accession of both countries to the borderless Schengen area would also increase the flexibility of the entire union, which is very necessary at the moment, and is characterized by multiple crises.

In this regard, the President noted that “the measures taken by the Romanian authorities in border management in the current context of the influx of refugees from Ukraine have demonstrated, once again, that Romania efficiently applies the common standards relating to the Schengen acquisitions.” .

Iohannis emphasized that he agreed with President Radev to maintain close coordination on this issue in the coming period.

Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007; However, amid growing concerns about the rules of the law, both countries have not yet been able to become part of the Schengen area.

The European Parliament gave the green light to Romania and Bulgaria to become part of the Schengen Area in 2011 and reiterated its position several times; However, in order for both areas to become full Schengen members, European ministers must vote unanimously for both countries to join the borderless Schengen area, in the European Council.

Regarding Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, last month, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson stated that the Balkan country is ready to become a full member of this area.

“As you know, in the past 10 years, the Commission has assessed that Romania is ready for Schengen. […] Johansson noted that we are trying to persuade the council to move forward because it is time for Romania to become a full member of Schengen.

Johansson made the remarks during her visit to a humanitarian aid camp at the Siret border crossing point with Ukraine.

This is not the first time Johansson has made such comments.

Last year, the EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner said the Schengen area should be completed by allowing Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia to take their place in the Schengen area.

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