Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Romania is taking parte in the EU-ASEAN summit in Brussels

The European Union – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit begins in Brussels on Wednesday afternoon. The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is among the leaders taking part in this summit, whose agenda includes topics related to regional and global security, as well as projects of common interest, in areas such as trade, climate change and food security. Also in Brussels, the Romanian head of state will take part on Thursday in the European Council meeting, where he will raise the subject of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. Prior to the European Council, President Iohannis would present two or three actions he intends to initiate, so that Romania makes progress with regard to Schengen accession.

The number of illegal migrants crossing Romania’s western border has fallen by 65% this year

The number of illegal migrants who managed to enter the Romania by crossing the state border in Timiş County has dropped by 60% in 2022, compared to last year. Also, the number of those who crossed into Romania through its western border has fallen by 65% as compared to 2021. Timis subprefect Ovidiu Draganescu has said that Romania’s borders are safer than in previous years. He added that in December 2021, 7,300 people requested asylum or a form of stay in Romania, while at present their number has fallen to 3,000.

Measures to ease the procedures at Siret border crossing between Romania and Ukraine

The Ukrainian authorities have brought additional personnel at the Siret border crossing point with Romania, after institutional measures taken by Suceava Prefecture, so that the procedures for crossing the border between the two countries can be carried out more quickly. In recent days, the traffic values on the E85 Road between the towns of Darmanesti and Siret, particularly on the way out of the country, has increased significantly, which has led to queues of vehicles carrying goods streching over several kilometers. On Wednesday, the trucks line was stretching on about 20 kilometers, but the number of vehicles carrying goods has dropped by about 300, as compared to the previous day. Traffic Police crews constantly monitor the situation and act to streamline the traffic. On the Border Police’s „Online Traffic” application a waiting time of 800 minutes for trucks is indicated at the Siret crossing point.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR