President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that discussions related to Justice don't help the Schengen file, pointing out that if Romania has a modernised and reasonable legislation in the area, the things related to the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) will be "easy to solve."
"These discussions on Justice certainly don't help the Schengen file. If they do damage or not, it is left to be seen. My opinion is to take care of the justice laws, to make them good, good in the first place for Romanians, not for anyone else and them we can probably continue with some sort of success the discussions on Schengen too," Iohannis said after the meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk.
He showed that Romania has to files - the CVM and Schengen - and that in the case of the first the Government is negotiating on Romania's behalf.
"We have two files. The CVM is related to the European Commission and also the the manner in which President Juncker sees things and here I believe we can be optimistic.. It greatly depends on us if we have enough wisdom to have a justice legislation that is also modernised and reasonable and can be accepted in the best version and works well, then things will be easy to solve on the CVM. Anyhow, the negotiation format is institutionally given on the CVM by these topics and on our behalf in this area it is the Government who negotiates, we must say it very clearly. In the other file - Schengen - it is a file where the Commission has an opinion, but the decision is made in the meeting of Justice and Home Affairs ministers, where the member states have a powerful word to say," he said.