Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos talked about Romania’s bid to join the Schengen Area

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos discussed in Brussels with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker about Romania’s bid to join the Schengen Area, in the context of monitoring the judicial reforms. Jean-Claude Juncker said that he is convinced that the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, set up by the European Commission, will end during his mandate, if Romania maintains the application requirements of the Commission and of other member states. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos says that, according to Romania, the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification has achieved its purpose from the point of view that the Commission initially had, when this mechanism was created and implemented. All this  process should be integrated and internalized in the mechanisms that the government, judiciary, parliament may consider, said Dacian Ciolos, who added that he wants that Romania will not wait for the last year of the mandate of this commission to find a solution. On the United Kingdom’s proposals related to the social rights of European citizens working in other member states, Romania wants that this country to remain in the EU, but wants that certain things on this subject to be clearly stated. (RADIO ROMANIA reports)

President of the European Council warns that the risk of European Union break-up is real

President of the European Council Donald Tusk warned in Bucharest that the risk of European Union break-up is real, if United Kingdom decides to withdraw from the organization. In an European tour to present his compromise proposals to be discussed at the next summit, Donald Tusk said after the meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis that discussions with United Kingdom represent a milestone, which must be handled with care. The British Prime Minister David Cameron has demanded more concessions for his country to remain in the Union, including restricting social aid for the workers from eastern European Union working in the United Kingdom. Eastern countries, including Romania, fear that other member states might impose similar restrictions. President Klaus Iohannis endorsed the reform package proposed by the head of the European Council, but he demanded that the principle of free movement and non-discrimination to be respected. (RADIO ROMANIA reports)

50 Romanian troops join this year the US-led international coalition against ISIS

50 Romanian troops join this year the US-led international coalition against the so-called terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Levant. The terrorist group is also known under acronyms ISIS and Daesh. Romanian troops will provide advice and training to the Iraqi security forces in the fight against this jihadist organization. The request to Parliament made by President Klaus Iohannis was supported by all parliamentary groups. Romania must strengthen its security provider status by foreign policy measures and participation in missions in theaters of operations – said former defense minister Mircea Dusa. He also said that „Romanian soldiers took part in missions in Iraq, in the period 2003-2009”. (RADIO ROMANIA reports)

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