Baku, January 9, AZERTAC
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is waiting for the next Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report of the European Commission on Romania, but she appreciates Romania's efforts to secure its outer borders to join the Schengen Area, according to AGERPRES.
"We must do everything we can to keep the Schengen system, and of course allow the countries who want to join the Schengen Area to do so, and it is important that Romania has taken many steps to secure its outer borders. There is a context of fight against corruption, and thus we expect to see the next [European] Commission report. We know the topic is on Romania's agenda, thus I promise that the efforts made will be mirrored by progress on the admission into the Schengen system, which can be gradual," Merkel asserted in a joint press conference with Romania's Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos.
On the same occasion during his official visit to Berlin, Ciolos revealed that he discussed in detail the Schengen matters with the German chancellor, and he voiced his hope that the CVM report will include the positive evolution in Romania's anti-corruption efforts over the past years.