Republic of Malta supports Romania’s accession to Schengen area and free movement of Romanian citizens

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Romania meets all the requirements for the accession to the Schengen area and the restrictions on the Maltese labour market concerning Romanian citizens will cease on December 31, Maltese House of Representatives Speaker Angelo Farrugia said, after the meeting with Romanian Deputies’ Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea.

‘I thanked Speaker Farrugia for the constant efforts and for the powerful signals given in all European environments concerning Romania’s support in joining the Schengen area. I voiced my confidence we shall have as soon as possible a decision from the Maltese Government on lifting the labour restrictions for Romanian citizens on the labour market of Malta,’ Valeriu Zgonea said.

In his turn, Angelo Farrugia, who is heading an official delegation of the Maltese House of Representatives to Romania, said that, although his country was not part of the assessment and report groups as concerned Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, Malta studied the EU documents referring to Romania and ‘can officially state that Romania meets all the requirements for the accession to the Schengen area.’

‘Malta is a small country, with a small area, but the people and the country have a big heart. The development of commercial relations and the encouragement of bilateral investments of Maltese nationals in Romania and vice-versa can only be beneficial to both countries,’ Angelo Farrugia said.

The Romanian Deputies’ Chamber Speaker voiced his hope that in the near future, in the two EU member states, ‘there should be a clear sign of collaboration and the Republic of Malta should open an embassy to Romania, in Bucharest.’

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