Corlatean on visa regime: We sent notification to EC, but our bilateral cooperation with US continues

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Romania sent to the European Commission, according to procedures, the notification concerning the visa regime for the Romanian citizens who want to travel to third countries, whose nationals are not required to obtain a visa to entry the EU member states, but continues the significant bilateral cooperation with the United States, Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean said in Brussels.

Within a press briefing on the sidelines of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council, Corlatean stated that Romania met the Feb. 9 deadline for sending the notifications, namely one month since the entry into force of the new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on visa reciprocity with third countries.

"Romania and the other states falling in the same category have tabled these notifications, according to procedures, according to the amended regulation adopted by the European Parliament. I believe this is a natural thing connected to our obligations resulting on the one hand from these new European regulations and on the other from Romania's interest in making sure that its citizens enjoy their freedom of movement, like the large majority of the European citizens. At the same time, we continue the significant bilateral cooperation (with the U.S. — editor's note), because it's important to take further the utterly favourable trend as regards the visa refusal rate and especially the interest in the U.S. Congress adopting the relevant legislation," the Romanian top diplomat said.

Michele Cercone, spokesperson of Home Affairs European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, said on Monday that the notifications sent by the member states, whose nationals are imposed visa requirements by third countries will be published in the Official Journal of the EU. AGERPRES

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