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Senators Corlatean, Ardelean discuss visas, free trade agreement with Canadian PACE delegation

Titus Corlatean

Attending a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Romanian Senators Titus Corlatean and Ben-Oni Ardelean discussed with members of the attending Canadian delegation a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, as well as Canada lifting visa requirements for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada.

The Romanian Senate says in a press statement that on the side-lines of the fourth part of the PACE ordinary session in Strasbourg, the two senators, members of the Romanian delegation to the PACE session, met the members of the Canadian delegation that attended the event as observers. Also taking part in the meeting was Canada's Permanent Mission at the European Union. The theme of the meeting was the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada and the visa requirements for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada.

The Canadian delegation, which requested the meeting, voiced hope over the prospects for the Romanian Government affixing its signature to the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada in the period immediately ahead, while providing assurances about the seriousness of Canada approaching the lifting of the visa requirements, the Senate says. Senator Corlatean is quoted as mentioning that Romania has been a constant and energetic supporter of the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada getting finalised, hailing the completion of negotiations over it.On the other hand, he pointed to the special importance attached by Romania to the visa issue, to a final decision being made in the near future for Romanians, who are citizens of the European Union, by virtue of the reciprocity principle between the EU and Canada on this matter.

Senator Ardelean highlighted the importance for a decision in favour of Romanian nationals in political and strategic terms, given the transatlantic cooperation at a remarkable level between Romania and Canada and because there is no danger of significant migration from Romania to Canada. He added that Romania is one of Canada's main partners in Europe and there is solid cooperation between them on matters pertaining to security and the fight against terrorism, as well as in other areas of outmost relevance.



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