Romania says it will not approve EU-Canada agreement if visas are not lifted

The Romanian minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean, yesterday warned the Romanian Parliament may not vote the EU-Canada free trade agreement unless the visas are lifted for the Romanian citizens, shortly after the government in Ottawa announced it scrapped visas only for the Czechs, leaving Romania and Bulgaria the sole countries in the EU still under the visa regime.

“I confirm we have taken and are still taking the necessary steps to in relation to the Canadian Government to lift the visa requirement for the Romanian citizens after the European Parliament passed an extremely important report which clearly establishes the principle of reciprocity. Therefore, as Canadian citizens have the right to free circulation in the EU, it is natural we in Romania expect the same” Corlatean said in Washington, on a visit with PM Victor Ponta, as quoted by Mediafax.

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