“Romania feels betrayed; Lack of European spirit”

Thursday, December 8, 2022, 11:20 p.m

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The subject of the vote in the Jai Commission regarding the extension of the Schengen Area was reported by several Austrian publications, which speak both of Romania’s disappointment and of the lack of a European spirit.

According to some translations made by G4Media, Der Standard headlines: Romania feels betrayed by Austria because of the Schengen veto

According to Interior Minister Bode, Karner supported the accession in February, and Romania summoned the Austrian ambassador as a note of protest. At the EU summit of interior and justice ministers on Thursday, Austrian interior minister Gerhard Karner was the only one to speak out against Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. The Netherlands, along with Austria, voted against the admission of Bulgaria. However, the votes on Romania and Bulgaria were tied. A separate vote was held on Croatia – from January 1, the country will be part of the area where the free movement of people in Europe applies. Not only the European Commissioner of the Interior Ylva Johansson declared herself “disappointed” by the Austrian veto, there is great frustration in Romania.

The standard: Lack of European spirit

Anyone who knows the history of our country should be aware of the strong historical and cultural ties with Romania. Karner and Chancellor Karl Nehammer (both ÖVP) not only lack the European spirit, but also the Austrian spirit. Because anyone who knows the history of our country should know about the strong historical and cultural ties with Romania. Blocking Schengen also hurts local Austrian investors and Romanian geriatric nurses, who still have to wait at the border when they arrive to care for Austrian pensioners.

However, while Nehammer and Karner have recently turned increasingly to Hungary and Serbia, which are responsible for the fact that the number of asylum applications in Austria has increased enormously this year, the two worst autocrats from Europe – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić – have promised them money and support, Romania is humiliated. Illiberal nationalists are flattered and reformers humiliated. In the Balkans, this is seen as a guide showing that the brutal should assert themselves against those who defend values ​​and positive development.

ORF: Austria’s veto causes disappointment and criticism

On Thursday, EU interior ministers cleared the way for Croatia’s accession to Schengen. On the other hand, the planned accession of Romania and Bulgaria was blocked – mainly by Austria. The Austrian ambassador was summoned by the MAE from Bucharest. Criticism of Vienna’s veto did not come only from the affected states.

“Not only would I have wished for a different decision today, in which Bulgaria and especially Romania would also be included in the Schengen area, but it is a serious disappointment,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Beaerbock (Greens). “I think the fact that things changed because of the Austrian veto and this forced decision is more than wrong from the point of view of European politics and geopolitics.”

Criticism came from the coalition partner. “Austria’s veto on the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to Schengen from January 2023 does not correspond to European values”, emphasized the MEPs of the Green Party, Monika Vana and Thomas Waitz.

Delivery man: Great anger in Romania due to Austria’s Schengen veto

They demand compensation for economic losses and call for a boycott of Austrian companies.

In Romania, Austria’s blocking of the country’s entry into Schengen is causing great irritation. The President of the Association for Clean Energy and Combating Climate Change, Răzvan Nicolescu, requested on Thursday, during a press conference of small and medium-sized enterprises in Bucharest, that Austria pay compensatory payments equivalent to the losses of the Romanian economy of 200 million euros per month.

The press: Austria and the Netherlands are blocking Bulgaria’s entry into Schengen and Romania is also following them

Brussels. At around 14:30 on Thursday, the dice were cast in Brussels: Croatia could join the Schengen area from January 1, which will fundamentally lead to the elimination of controls at its border with Schengen countries Slovenia and Hungary. But Bulgaria and Romania were rejected at the EU Interior Ministers’ Council meeting, as Austria and the Netherlands vetoed Bulgaria’s admission. While the Netherlands would be open to Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, the Bulgarian government refuses to see its candidacy separate from Romania’s.

Source: Breaking News – Cele mai importante stiri – Ziare.com by ziare.com.

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