Ambassador of France to Romania Philippe Gustin believes that Romania's accession to the Schengen space " is a technical issue turned into politics, both in Romania internal policy and in that of the EU countries".
"One should not make a confusion between various things. Unfortunately, this confusion was maintained in previous years, including by mass-media. There are three different things. First, Schengen represents an opening of borders in a space. Materialization of Schengen is that French, Romanians, Chinese or Americans board, for instance, the plane in Bucharest to go to France and, when reaching the airport in Paris, we are forced to wait for passports control. This is Schengen. The second issue with which this is confused is the free movement of people. Free movement is called the European Union, and Romania belongs to the European Union, therefore it is entitled to the free movement of its citizens. Thirdly, there is the freedom to work and settle in the European Union. Romania and Bulgaria have a derogatory status until January 1, 2014, but it is going to disappear from that date. These are the three topics that should not be confused ", said Philippe Gustin on Thursday, in Cluj—Napoca (426 km north—west of Bucharest ), in a press conference.
The French diplomat is visiting Cluj—Napoca to meet with the French students of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy ( UMF ) "Iuliu Hatieganu " and of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV). AGERPRES