President Klaus Iohannis said that negotiations are being carried out until the last moment. But the dignitaries from Vienna maintain their decision: they do not agree with the accession of Romania and Bulgaria. “More time is needed,” says the Austrian chancellor. He blames the fact that many migrants who arrive in Austria have illegally crossed the border from us, but political sources claim that there could also be economic interests in the middle.
In the last three weeks, the Austrians have repeatedly declared that they oppose the expansion of the Schengen area. At an EU-Balkan summit in Tirana, in which Klaus Iohannis is also participating, the Austrian chancellor said a resounding no to both Romania and Bulgaria.
Karl Nehammer, the Austrian chancellor: “The Minister of the Interior made it clear. There is no approval from Austria for the expansion with Bulgaria and Romania. More time is needed. We have 75,000 illegal immigrants who arrived in Austria unregistered”.
The Austrians invoke the vulnerabilities of the southeastern borders of Europe on routes that pass through Romania and Bulgaria. Politicians from Bucharest came up with official reports showing that only 2.7% of the migrants who arrived in Western Europe transited through our country.
Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania: Given that the decisions regarding Romania and Bulgaria are not exactly identical, the results cannot be exactly identical either. It does not mean that a decision formula that is convenient for both parties cannot be found”.
Marceal Ciolacu, president of the Chamber of Deputies: “The vote is a political one.”
Therefore, the politicians still hope for a positive result. During this period, however, there are negotiations in other areas as well.
Just three days after Austria’s interior minister announced that he would vote against Romania, a delegation from the OMV Petrom company, led by the president of the Supervisory Board, Alfred Stern, visited the Cotroceni Palace. In a press release sent after the discussions, the presidential administration said that OMV will announce the final investment decision for the Black Sea gas exploitation in the middle of next year.
The management of OMV presented the status of the project and the key steps taken, assuming the commitment to adopt the final investment decision in mid-2023, so that the exploitation of natural gas from the Neptun Deep perimeter will start as soon as possible.
OMV Petrom requirements
Political sources claim that the representatives of OMV Petrom would also like to change the offshore law so that the state maintains the royalties for the gas they will exploit at the current level and renounces the right of preemption. This would mean that the representatives of the Austrian company will not have to first offer the Romanian state for the exploited gas. One day after the visit from Cotroceni, the Chancellor of Austria, Karl Nehammer, declared that he would not support Romania’s accession to Schengen.
Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania: “We are committed to staying determined until the last moment and to bring the decision where we want it. We will not stop discussing and negotiating until the last moment”.
On the other hand, Croatia received Austria’s consent to enter Schengen, although initially this country had opposed it. At the end of last month, Croatia signed a joint declaration with Austria and Germany for the construction of a gas pipeline to transport gas from the Croatian island of Krk to the two countries. The investment would follow
Source: PROTV news
Tags: romania, austria, accession, schengen area,
Publication date: 06-12-2022 19:20