Vasile Blaga emphasizes importance of making EU internal security mechanisms operational

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Minister of Administration and the Interior Vasile Blaga in Brussels emphasized the importance attached to the Justice and Internal Affairs Council adopting the Internal Security Strategy for the European Union and the decision on making operational the Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (OCIS) in early March.

According to a release issued by the Ministry of Administration and the Interior, Minister Vasile Blaga appreciates that it is important to make OCIS operational, considering the necessity of conducting operational cooperation and coordination as efficiently as possible in controlling and watching the outer borders as well as police and customs cooperation.

Another subject on the agenda of the Justice and Home Affairs Council was the one referring to the consolidation of outer borders and combating illegal migration. In this context Minister Vasile Blaga attaches much importance to adopting the Council’s draft of conclusions on strengthening outer borders and combating illegal migration in the context of Romania’s joining the Schengen area.

The ministers attaining the Brussels meeting discussed the question of visa mutuality with Canada and gave a first debate on the European Pact against International Drug Trafficking. In the context of the debate on the European Pact against International drug Trafficking Vasile Blaga emphasized the importance of cooperating with third states on the eastern border of the European Union, mentioning the cooperation with the Republic of Moldova especially.

Minister Blaga also mentioned the cooperation already existing in the South-East European Cooperation Initiative. The Minister of Administration and the Interior in Brussels had bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Germany, Thomas de Maziere, Belgium, Annemie Turtelboom, and Switzerland, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.
Vasile Blaga also met Ilkka Pertti Juhani Laitinen, executive manager of Frontex, the European agency responsible for the integrated management of the EU outer border.

During the talks they held Minister Vasile Blaga presented the progress made by Romania in preparing to join the Schengen area as well as the future actions planned by the ministry for this purpose. Minister Vasile Blaga and Austrian Minister Maria Fekter also signed a declaration of intent on cooperating in domestic affairs, especially as regards Austria giving technical support and expertise in the context of Romania’s joining the Schengen area.
Minister of Administration and the Interior Vasile Blaga attends the Justice and Internal Affairs Council in Brussels on February 25 and 26.

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