Romania’s accession to the Schengen area was among the topics addressed by president Klaus Iohannis and the Minister of Interior of the Spanish government Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gomez, who was on an official visit to Bucharest, the Presidential Administration informs.
President Klaus Iohannis highlighted the positive framework of the bilateral relationship between Romania and Spain, this year celebrating ten years since it was raised to the level of Strategic Partnership. The head of the state sent thanks to the Spanish authorities for the open support shown to the Romanian community in Spain.
Iohannis discussed to successfully complete the accession to the Schengen area this year, expressing thanks for the constant and unconditional support provided by Spain for Romania’s accession. In turn, the Spanish official agreed that Romania’s accession to the Schengen area is in the interest of the entire European Union, contributing to strengthening the security of the European space, noting that it will continue to actively support this goal including during the exercise of the mandate of the Presidency of the EU Council, reports Agerpres.
At the same time, Romania’s Interior Minister Lucian Bode stated that Romania has been fully prepared to join the Schengen area since 2011, and the various sensitivities that one or another member state cites for their refusal to let Romania in the Scehngen area can no longer be serious arguments, as they were profoundly unfair. This statement was made in Bode’s own meeting with his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gomez.
Grande-Marlaska Gomez, in turn, reconfirmed Spain’s absolute support for Romania’s accession to the Schengen area.
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