Romania’s rejection from Schengen accession “profoundly unfair” – President Iohannis

Romania's rejection from Schengen accession
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Mediafax – Romania’s President, Klaus Iohannis, has responded with disappointment, anger and a commitment to continue on with the policy after the EU decided not to admit their country to the Schengen area. 

The decision to permit access to Croatia, starting on January 1, but not to Romania or Bulgaria was due to the opposition of Austria to their entry. This led to a furious response from Iohannis, who pointed to the fact that he believes his country has passed all necessary conditions to be able to join the zone. 

After the decision had been published, Iohannis released a statement saying that the decision was “profoundly unfair” and highlighted one nation in particular, stating that the rejection had come “against the background of Austria’s opposition”. Iohannis went on to explain that recent evaluation missions conducted by the member states and European institutions had shown the readiness of Romania to join the zone, but that “a single member state chose to ignore these realities and block European unanimity, in an inexplicable and difficult way for the entire European Union to understand”. 

The head of state went on to say that Romania would continue with its aim of joining Schengen, saying “Dear Romanians, Romania does not stop here! Accession to Schengen is our strategic objective and we will not stop until we achieve it”. 

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