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Romania's Schengen accession, Roma Gypsies, the key subjects tackled by Romanian and French officials


Romania's Schengen accession, the problem of Roma Gypsies and police cooperation were the main subjects tackled by Secretary of State with the Ministry of the Interior (MAI) Bogdan Tohaneanu and a delegation of the France-Romania Friendship Group of the French Senate, headed by Group chairman Bernard Fournier, informs a MAI release.

Bogdan Tohaneanu voiced appreciation for the quality and high level of French - Romanian cooperation relations, expressing at the same time full readiness to strengthen the Strategic Partnership signed in 2008. In turn, Bernard Fournier showed that the solution to the Roma issue is the development of collaboration at all levels, not just between police bodies, and that a Europe-wide solution is at the same time necessary. Identifying the best tools for integrating citizens belonging to the Roma ethnic community is not the responsibility of a certain state alone, but should concern all EU member states, he said.

The chairman of the France-Romania Friendship Group of the French Senate mentioned that the Forum of Decentralised Cooperation will take place on June 13 in Constanta, and that it will also include a workshop where the insertion of the Roma will also be discussed. In this context, the French side will raise for debate the possibility to conclude twinning agreements aimed at creating jobs and providing housing.

The French delegation is visiting Romania over May 27-June 1 at the invitation of the Senate, and will hold talks with representatives of several Romanian authorities.