Romanian president vows to try best to get Schengen access

09:26, December 16, 2010      

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Romanian President Traian Basescu said Wednesday he will try his best to attain Romania's goal of joining the Schengen Area, despite diplomatic offensive of some countries to delay the process.

"My duty is to try to attain this goal till the very last moment," Basescu told the local public radio station, adding that there already are countries that are utterly dissatisfied with the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).

According to the president, France and the Netherlands want to delay a decision on allowing Romania and Bulgaria to join the Schengen Area and are pressing for more improvements in the justice sector.

Romania is trying to set up a group of supporters among the European Union members, while France too is trying to garner support from other states, added Basescu.

"It is obvious that it takes only one country to block our access, only one opposition is enough," he said, stressing that " when talking about the developments in the Romanian judicial system, we cannot say there are not reasons."

The head of state explained that the major debate is related to the extent to which Romania's Schengen entry can be linked to requirements other than technical.

Basescu underscored that Romania's EU Treaty does not stipulate any other requirement than technical for its Schengen accession, but Romania, the same as Bulgaria, signed another agreement with the European Commission in 2006 on the CVM acceptance.

"Debates are now held to see in what way the accession to the Schengen Area can be linked to requirements other than technical," said the president, admitting that "Romania continues to have problems in the judicial sector."

Accession to the EU border-free area has been one of the highest priorities in Bucharest and the country is working feverishly to join Schengen by March 2011.

Romania, an EU member state since 2007, is still being monitored by the European Commission due to its problems in the judicial systems. Yet, just as the Commission has also recognized, there is no legal requirement that the CVM should be lifted before the country's accession.

Romanian Interior Minister Traian Igas said earlier the ministry fulfilled its duty regarding the country's accession to the Schengen Area, stressing that Romania must improve its lobbying efforts.

Source: Xinhua

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