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Romania promulgates application measures to EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement


 President Klaus Iohannis promulgated on Monday a law approving Government Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 204/2020 establishing measures for the implementation of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, regulating the right of entry and residence in Romania.

The law was adopted on March 17 by the Chamber of Deputies as a decision-making body.

According to an amendment to Article 9(2), "court action may be brought before an administrative court against any refusal to issue a temporary residence permit, within 10 days of the decision of the General Immigration Inspectorate being communicated."

Senior official with Romania's Foreign Ministry Daniela Gitman said at the time that, under the Brexit agreement, the United Kingdom agreed to preserve the rights enjoyed by European citizens, including Romanian citizens, who resided in the United Kingdom before Brexit, setting in place a recording system.

"So far, over 800,000 Romanian nationals have registered with the British system, being the second largest EU community in the UK, after Poland. By way of reciprocity, Romania must also make sure the British citizens who have resided in Romania before December 31, 2020 and afterwards keep their rights. This bill seeks to establish in national law the registration system applicable to the approximately 3,000 British residents, so that they can retain their rights acquired when the United Kingdom was still a member of the European Union. It also contains provisions governing the granting of entry visas to Romania to family members of British citizens covered by Article 50 of the EU Treaty, who join them after the end of the transitional period," Gitman told a plenary meeting of the Chamber of Deputies that considered the bill.