France and the Netherlands express support for Romania’s Schengen accession process

Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu – NINA LIASHONOK / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

France and the Netherlands expressed Friday their support for Romania’s accession process to the Schengen area at a trilateral meeting between French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonne, her Dutch counterpart Wopke Hoekstra and Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu in Bucharest.

«The three ministers held talks on issues related to the European agenda, with emphasis on Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. The heads of the French and Dutch diplomacy reaffirmed the active and dedicated support given to Romania to achieve this goal,» the Romanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The three ministers also signed a joint declaration in Burarest for security cooperation, which also includes the support of the three countries for Ukraine and their readiness to work in accordance with EU and NATO policies.

In this regard, the three ministers discussed during their trilateral meeting the preparation of the NATO summit in Vilnius this year as well as the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on neighboring states, especially Moldova.

«Our states are committed to expanding as well as deepening diplomatic relations and strengthening capabilities to respond to both current and future threats and challenges to our shared security and values,» they stressed, according to the Romanian Foreign Ministry.