President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz on Wednesday argued that Romania should be allowed to enter the border-free Schengen Area because it has managed to fulfil all the accession criteria.
‘I am indeed a supporter of Romania, particularly of its accession to the Schengen Area. Romania has met the accession criteria and that is why it should enter the Schengen Area,’ Schultz told journalists at a news conference in Bucharest.
He also mentioned the need for cooperation between the European Parliament and the national parliaments of the EU member states for the finalisation of the European Union’s 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework.
He mentioned that the European Budget is ambitious and could benefit some member states, including Romania.
‘In my capacity as president of the EP, I can tell you that we have reached the final stage of negotiations over the European Union’s 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework. This is an ambitious budget that makes sure the EU’s cohesion policy, which is very important to countries such as Romania, stays in place. The cohesion policy is important to keep up the transformation of the country and to boost its economic dynamics. Romania is not the only case in point. There are also other member states. On November 13, the European Parliament will play host to a conference to be attended by prime ministers of 15 member states to prepare the November 22-23 summit meeting of the European Council, where the European financial framework will be negotiated. I believe this cooperation between the EP and the national parliaments is essential to the democratisation and deeper integration inside the EU. We must have a shared vision in all the national parliaments,’ said Schultz.
He added that he was glad to notice that representatives of all the parliamentary political parties of Romania, the Opposition included, attendee the plenary session of the Romanian Parliament where he delivered a speech on Wednesday.