Romania interested in security risk prevention outside EU borders

The home affairs ministers of the European Union member states identified a common position regarding the continent security risks – especially in the sense of preventing them at the source, in states outside the EU with which they should cooperate and take common actions, Romanian Minister of Administration and Interior Vasile Blaga said on Thursday in Toledo, where he participated in the informal gathering of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) ministers.

Blaga added the Romanian side showed a special interest in the event, given Romania’s objective to join the Shenghen area in 2011. “Romania is the more interested (editor’s note: in this aspect) since our aim is to join the Schengen area next year, consequently, our country will have to manage an important part of the Union’s external border – almost 2,000 kilometres of land border”, the Romanian minister explained, adding that the data had been very good for all the monitoring conducted and that Romania counts on the assistance of Poland, as a supporting country, of Austria, with which it will sign a protocol in this respect and of Germany, the funds of which are used for training Romanian professionals.

The response to the continent security threats – organized crime, drug and human trafficking or cyber- and information attacks, as well as the direct ones against the population’s health (i.e. A pandemic flu) – must also come as a result of an action in the third states in order to identify the risk in the country of origin and to take common actions outside the EU borders, explained the Romanian minister.

Regarding corporal scanners which could be introduced at the European airports at United States’ proposal following last year’s failed terrorist attack, the European home affairs ministers have not yet formed an opinion, added Blaga. He said that Romania owns such a technology but he explained that this “is a sensitive issue”, that awaits “the proposal of the Spanish presidency – though, the population must participate in such decisions and public debates would be useful”.

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