Slovakian Foreign Minister: Slovakia actively supports Romania’s Schengen Area accession and OECD candidacy

Slovakian Foreign Minister: Slovakia actively supports Romania’s Schengen Area accession and OECD candidacy

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak paid a visit to Bucharest yesterday, where he met with President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu. During their talks, he stressed that Slovakia was actively supporting Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area as well as its candidacy for the OECD Presidency.

At the meeting with the Romanian President bilateral cooperation and issues from the European and regional agenda were discussed. The two officials expressed their commitment to further developing relations between their countries, as well as their appreciation of the way in which the two national minorities were integrated into the Romanian and Slovak society respectively. They also exchanged views on the situation in the Western Balkans and reiterated their support for the commencement of the accession negotiations for North Macedonia and Albania as soon as possible.

In his joint press conference later with the Romanian Foreign Minister, Lajcak stressed, among other things, that “We could make an example out of the Romanian minority policy”.

For his part, Mr. Aurescu underlined that both countries were in favor of the EU enlargement, they agreed on its importance for the states in the region, while they also favored the speedy commencement of the accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

Mr. Aurescu also referred to the Three Seas Initiative involving Romania and Slovakia, welcoming the US announcement at the Munich Conference on the allocation of $ 1 billion for interconnection plans as part of this initiative.

Finally, the Romanian Foreign Minister underlined his country’s interest in an ambitious EU Budget, which will continue to financially support Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. /ibna