Romania's President on Friday in Brussels called on the member states of the European Union to acknowledge Romania's right under treaties to enter the border-free Schengen Area when the country meets the relevant criteria, arguing that Romania's institutions in charge with fighting corruption have recorded achievements praised in the latest progress report under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).
'The report under CVM clearly shows that the institutions of Romania in charge with the fight against corruption have performed praiseworthily, and I mean here the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation (ICCJ), the National Integrity Agency (ANI) and other courts. The fact that Romania's institutions are working entitles me, in my capacity as Romania's president, to ask the EU member states for Romania's right under treaties to enter the Schengen Area when it meets the conditions,' Basescu said at the end of a meeting in Brussels with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.
According to Basescu, although it is true that the progress report has unflattering mentions of the Romanian politicians' actions, particularly of Parliament, 'the essence of reality is the institutions of Romania are working, and their working allows us to suggest that Romania should walk through the first stage of its integration with the Schengen Area this year.' AGERPRES