Migrant crisis slows down Romania’s Schengen agenda

Illegal migration and terrorism have a direct effect on Romania’s Schengen agenda.

Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on September 2 that the country’s plans for accession to the free circulation area should now take into account the threats coming from the South. “We are already acting as a de facto Schengen state, but we need to co-operate with the other member states. The accession is still on the table, it’s still on our agenda and we’ll deal with it with great attention but, at the same time, we must consider the security climate in the EU, affected by threats that come from the South. And I’m not only referring to illegal migration, but also to terrorism,” Aurescu said at a joint news conference with his Slovakian counterpart Miroslav Lajcak.

Aurescu said that Romania’s accession would only increase the security in the area, as Romania is a responsible country, very well-prepared to become a Schengen state.

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