The way in which Romania received refugees from Ukraine is a strong argument proving our country is already acting as a member of Schengen, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Monday in the opening of the debate “15 years since Romania’s EU accession – Romania’s contribution to the EU and its role in consolidating the Union”. Minister Aurescu said citizens’ involvement in helping the refugees is a “clear expression of Romanians’ genuine European spirit”. Since the start of the conflict, Romania has provided direct support to over 927 thousand Ukrainian refugees, of whom over 89,000 chose to stay in Romania. On Monday, the Border Police announced that nearly 7,700 Ukrainian citizens entered the country in the last 24 hours, down by 15% compared to the previous day.