If the justice laws in Romania remain as adopted by Parliament, the discussions on the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) and the Schengen accession will be "in other terms", the "natural" place of Romania being in the Schengen area, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.
He held a joint press conference with President Klaus Iohannis in Brussels. Juncker spoke about the proposals to amend the Romanian justice laws, but also about the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism, and the Schengen accession.
"The natural place deserved by Romania is inside the Schengen area and this commission will not cease until the CVM is abolished, until Romania is recognized among the Schengen states," the President of the Commission pointed out.
However, he pointed out that if the Laws of Justice remain in the current form, these discussions will be "in other terms". "If the laws of Romania remain as adopted by Parliament, the discussions on the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism and the Schengen accession will be put in other terms. We await the decisions of the Constitutional Court and if everything goes well, we must ensure Romania its place in the Schengen area, because Romanians do not deserve to be treated as second-class citizens," said Jean-Claude Juncker.