EU Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King, said on Monday after a meeting with Justice Minister Tudorel Toader that all countries would benefit if Romania were part of the Schengen area.
Julian King said that, as President Juncker once again pointed in his speech on the state of the Union, as far as the Commission is concerned, Schengen would be stronger and all countries would benefit if Romania were part of Schengen zone.
He added that he did not talk with Tudorel Toader about Romania’s accession to Schengen, but this topic will be addressed during the meeting with Interior Minister Carmen Dan.
The European Commissioner said that a well-established cooperation between EU Member States in combating terrorism is very important, noting that Romania has not suffered a direct terrorist attack, but Romanian citizens have been involved by such events in other countries.
EU Commissioner for Security Union, Julian King, is paying an official visit to Romania, where he has scheduled meetings with Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and Interior Minister Carmen Dan. He is also expected to participate, together with members of the Parliament specialized committees, in a debate on the Security Union.
According to a release from the European Commission, Commissioner Julian King’s visit also includes a visit to the Border Police Co-ordination Operational Centre.
Sir Julian Beresford King (born August 22, 1964) is a British diplomat and civil servant who has been Ambassador to Ireland, Director General of the Northern Ireland Office and Ambassador to France. On July 8, 2016, King was nominated by British PM David Cameron to succeed Jonathan Hill as the British European Commissioner. On August 2, 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his intention to allocate King the Security Union portfolio. After the approval of his nomination by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, he took office on September 19, 2016./IBNA