Romanian 

PRESS RELEASES
  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
06.04.2016


Prolongation of the temporarily reintroduced border controls

Belgium – 24.03 - 12.04.2016;
Denmark – 04.04 - 03.05.2016;
France – 28.03 - 26.04.2016;


  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
22.02.2016


Current temporarily reintroduced border controls

Austria – 16 November 2015 – 16 March 2016, all borders, with particular focus on the Slovenian – Austrian land border;
Denmark – 4 January – 23 February 2016, all borders, with particular focus on the sea and land border with Germany;
France – 13 November 2015 – 27 March 2016, all borders;
Germany – 14 November 2015 – 13 May 2016, all borders, with special focus on the German – Austrian land border;
Norway – 15 January – 15 March 2016, all borders, with special focus on ports with connections to Norway via internal border;
Sweden – 10 January– 9 March 2016, all borders, with special focus on Southern and Western harbours and Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden.


  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
18.01.2016


According to the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), with latest amendments, Denmark decided to reintroduce, temporarily , the border control at their internal borders.

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
17.12.2015


According to the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), with latest amendments, some of the Schengen member states decided to reintroduce the border control at their internal borders, in order to counteract the unprecedented migratory flow (Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Sweden, Norway), or following the terrorist attacks (France, after the Paris attack in 13.11.2015) or with a view to preparing important events (Malta, France).

The reintroduction of border controls represents a last resort solution to combat the threats to the public order and internal security caused by the unexpected migratory pressure, which affects the functioning of the respective member states, undertaken after any other measures have been considered insufficient.

For the time being, internal border control is carried out at the borders of the respective Schengen member states: Sweden - until 20.12.2015, Norway - until 26.12.2015, Malta – until 31.12.2015, Germany - until 13.02.2016, Austria - until 15.02.2016, France – until 26.02.2016.”

Member state’s notification

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
17.09.2015


In the context of migratory pressure in the EU, Austria, Germany and Slovenia decided to reintroduce, temporarily, the border control at their internal borders.

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
14.04.2015



Starting with 13 April 2015, UK is connected to the Schengen Information System of Second Generation (SIS II) and has an operational SIRENE Bureau, according to the Council Decision in 10 February 2015.

UK is the 29th European country connecting to this information system render operational in April 2013. SIS II is the largest IT system in Europe, used by the law enforcement authorities and contains alerts regarding persons and goods.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
26.06.2014


On 21st of June 2014, the European Agency for operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) has successfully completed the relocation of the Eurodac Central Unit – the IT system dedicated to the processing of applications for asylum, from Luxemburg to Strasbourg and Sankt-Johann im Pongau, thus completing the transfer procedure of all IT systems, managed by this agency to the own data centres.

The new system will function on a new infrastructure, which will ensure an increased reliability of the system and a decrease of the risk of data loss. It will be released in the spring of 2015 and will be able to use over 90% of the existing IT infrastructure.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
24.06.2014


At the General Affairs Council, which took place on the 24 June 2014, the project regarding Guidelines for a unique contact point for exchange of international law enforcement information has been approved.

These guidelines target the structures within law enforcement authorities from the member states responsible for international cooperation in the field. These guidelines include the following chapters:

  • The structure and the composition of a unique contact point for international cooperation;
  • The national information exchange and the availability of data bases and national networks for the unique contact point;
  • The international information exchange: criteria for cooperation channels use/ European and international data base use;
  • Staff training.

The national files regarding existing structures of member states for international cooperation in law enforcement application in included in the addendum.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
26.05.2014


On 26 May, the European Commission presented “The fifth biannual report regarding the activity of the Schengen area between 1st of November 2013 – 30th of April 2014” the content of which notes that, up to date, the Council could not decide on the elimination of internal border control with Romania and Bulgaria, and that the Commission continues to fully support the Bulgarian and Romanian accession to the Schengen area.

During the accession process, the European Commission has been a supporter of our country in the adoption Decision of Bulgaria and Romania’s accession to Schengen.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
24.05.2014


Decision no. 565/2014/EU of the European Parliament and Council, introducing a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders based on the unilateral recognition by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania of certain documents as equivalent to their national visas for transit through or intended stays on their territories not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period and repealing Decisions No 895/2006/EC and No 582/2008/EC has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 27/05/2014. Romania will apply this decision starting with 11 July 2014.

Based on this decision, Romania recognized as equivalent to the national visas, for the purpose of transit and a 90 days stay during any 180 days, the following visas: the visas (for short and long stay) and the residence permits issued by the Bulgarian, Cyprian and Croatian authorities; the visas for long and short stay and residence permits released by member states which fully apply the Schengen acquis, regardless of the holder’s nationality.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
08.04.2014


On 8th of April 2014, the Official Journal of the European Union has published the Regulation (EU) No 259/2014 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.

Thus, as of 28th of April 2014, the holders of biometric passport from the Republic of Moldova will be exempt from the visa requirement in order to pass external borders.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
02.04.2014


Within the resolution from the 2nd of April 2014 of the European Parliament, its position according to which Schengen should be extended without delay in order to include Romania and Bulgaria has been reiterated.

The support from the European Parliament is not a novelty, considering the fact that the draft of the Decision regarding the full application of the Schengen acquis in both countries was approved with an outstanding majority, on the 8th of June 2011.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
18.03.2014


On the 18th of March 2014, the European Union Council published the 7809/14 file concerning the update of Romania’s declarations regarding the enforcement of the Swedish Initiative – Council Framework Decision 2006/960/JHA on simplifying the exchange of information and intelligence between law enforcement authorities of the Member States of the European Union.

These statements include updates on certain aspects which follow from the enforcement of this normative European act, specifically competent authorities (art.2 para.1), cooperation channels and emergency contact point (art.6 para. 1), and agreements in the area targeted by the Swedish initiative (art. 12 para. 6-7).

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
11.03.2013


Minister Radu Stroe had more bi-lateral meetings at the JHA Council Reunion in Brussels

On Thursday, March 7, in the context of the Justice and Home Affairs Council reunion taking place in Brussels, the Romanian delegation led by minister of internal affairs Radu Stroe had a series of bi-lateral official meetings.

Thus, over the dialogue with the French delegation, it was reconfirmed the availability of France to fully support the identification of viable ways able to defreeze the project of Romania’s Schengen accession.

In turn, the Slovak delegation reconfirmed its support for the finalization of the Schengen accession process without considering any additional criteria which could affect the fulfillment of the technical criteria.

In the same context, the viability of the joint political objective of Bucharest and Sofia was reconfirmed over the official dialogue with the Bulgarian home minister Tzvetan Tzvetanov. Moreover, the two officials agreed for the coming period to restart the series of joint diplomatic contacts with all the member states.

During their meeting taking place in this context, minister of internal affairs Radu Stroe and his German counterpart Hans-Peter Friedrich discussed on the particular ways in which some of the aspects related to the home affairs area, approached within the framework of the Council, could be addressed.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
07.03.2013


Minister of Internal Affairs Radu Stroe at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels

Minister of Internal Affairs Radu Stroe is participating these days in the Justice and Home Affairs Council taking place in Brussels, on 7th and 8th of March, 2013.

The M.A.I. delegation includes secretary of state for the Relation with Parliament and Government Bogdan Tohaneanu and the head of the International Relations, European Affairs and Schengen Department police chief quaestor Marian Tutilescu.

On the meeting will address various issues such as Romania’s and Bulgaria’s Schengen accession, Schengen Governance, SIS II, Smart Borders, security in Sagel/Maghreb (the Mali crisis and the In Amenas incident - Algeria).

During the working meetings, the home ministers of the EU member states will address aspects referring to migration pressure, topic on which the Frontex and BESA representatives are going to make some presentations.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
04.03.2013


Joint press release by the ministries of Interior and of Foreign Affairs

Romania has satisfied all the criteria for accession to the Schengen Area, under the applicable acquis. This fact is recognized by all member states and stipulated in the Conclusions adopted at the JHA Council of 9 June 2011. Romania is reasserting its principled position that the Schengen Area accession process does not hinge on any criteria outside those clearly stipulated in the acquis.

At the European Council of 1-2 March 2012, Romania accepted to undertake a number of additional steps in this domain, intended to strengthen the European partners’ confidence in its capacity to assume the status of Schengen member state and, consequently, to facilitate the un-freezing of this dossier and the adoption of a positive decision. Those steps have been implemented by Romania in their entirety, under the terms that were agreed upon, a fact that was recognized by the European Council meeting of December 2012.

Under these circumstances we believe it is of capital importance that the subject of Romania joining the Schengen Area be included on the agenda of the JHA Council of 7-8 March 2013. On that occasion we believe it useful to have a discussion where we would invite the member states that continue to have reservations about adopting a positive decision, so they can explain their position on the basis of clear arguments arising from the EU Treaties and the Schengen acquis. Romania is looking forward to its European partners’ taking a fair, constructive approach, which should be in line with the manner in which the Schengen enlargement process was implemented in December 2007 when the 9 EU Member States were included on the basis of the EU Treaties and the Schengen acquis.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
06.11.2013


At the Justice and Home Affairs Council reunion on 7-8th of October 2013, the Schengen Governance Package has been adopted, consisting of Regulation (EU) No 1051/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 in order to provide for common rules on the temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders in exceptional circumstances and Council Regulation (EU) No 1053/2013 of 7 October 2013 establishing an evaluation and monitoring mechanism to verify the application of the Schengen acquis and repealing the Decision of the Executive Committee of 16 September 1998 setting up a Standing Committee on the evaluation and implementation of Schengen.

The two regulations have been published in the Official Journal on 6 November 2013 and will entry into force on 26 November 2013.

A point of interest for our country is the clear specification of the fact that the Regulation concerning the Schengen evaluation mechanism does not apply to Romania and Bulgaria as candidates countries, since these states have already completed the evaluation process.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
05.12.2013


Republic of Bulgaria and Romania’s Common Declaration at the Justice and Home Affairs Council Minutes in Brussels on 5-6th December 2013.

Republic of Bulgaria and Romania took note, with deep disappointment, that the decision regarding their accession to Schengen area could not be adopted at this point in time, despite repeated Council and the European Council Conclusions on this matter, and without any regard for the considerable support from within the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission, as well as the consistent efforts assumed by the successive Presidencies of the Council on this issue.

Both states underlined the fact that the complete level of preparation for accession to Schengen, based on significant investment from taxpayers and massive efforts of the two administrations, has already been completed and positively assessed, fact recognised by the EU Council and the European Parliament in 2011. Both Member States argue that there are no reasons stemming from the EU legislation, or is there any proof on site to justify the decision to be postponed once more. A two-step approach regarding the accession to Schengen has also been taken into consideration, in order to ease the adoption of the decision, but was left without any results to date.

Republic of Bulgaria and Romania remain engaged in the process of accession to Schengen and will cooperate closely with the Member States in order to reach its target. We will request the introduction of this subject on the Council’s agenda, without any further delays. A positive result will only be possible when unanimity will be reached in the Council.

In the meantime, the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania are inviting their partners to reconsider their positions, so that they would reach a positive answer to their legitimate expectations concerning the accession to Schengen as soon as possible, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Accession Treaty.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
09. 06. 2011


The approval of the Council conclusions on completion of the process of evaluation of the state of preparedness of Romania to implement all provisions of the Schengen acquis

On June, 09, 2011, during the Council of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), in Luxembourg, the ministries of interior and justice from EU Member States approved the Council conclusions on completion of the process of evaluation of the state of preparedness of Romania to implement all provisions of the Schengen acquis, which recognize the efforts made by Romania for the implementation of the Schengen acquis provisions, based on the Schengen evaluation reports, on all 7 related fields. The document concludes that Romania is prepared for the Schengen accession.

According to the proposed and approved Conclusions, the Decision regarding the accession to the Schengen area will be discussed in the next JHA Council meeting which will take place in September 2011.

Mr. Traian Igaş, minister of Administration and Interior and Mr. Marian Tutilescu, the head of the Schengen Department, represented Romania in the JHA Council.

“It was not about the postponed of the Schengen accession, because this was not the subject on the JHA meeting agenda. On the contrary, the fact that the ministries of interior adopted the Council Conclusions in the agreed form represents yet another positive signal, after the major vote in the European Parliament, on June, 8, yesterday. I thanked the Hungarian Presidency and the Member States that supported us for their constant help during the entire accession process which was, in our opinion, a complex and difficult one”, declared Traian Igas.

The minister of Administration and Interior added: „It is of no surprise for anybody that we’ve accomplished all the requirements in order to become a Member State. Today, we’ve received the official confirmation of this reality, through the voices of the Ministries of Interior from the other Member States. The final decision on our Schengen accession will be probably taken, in September 2011.”

Background

For the Schengen accession, Romania underwent an evaluation process consisting of a number of stages:

- Presenting the Declarations of Readiness on the accession to the Schengen area;
- Filling in and submitting the Schengen Questionnaire
- Carrying out the Schengen evaluation visits in order to asses, on the spot, the implementation of the Schengen acquis

During 2009 and 2010, the Schengen evaluation missions were organized and they were successfully finalized in January 2011 when the last Schengen evaluation report in the SIS/SIRENE field was approved in the Schengen Evaluation Working Party.

On June, 08, 2011, the final vote on the report for the Schengen accession of Romania and Bulgaria took place in the European Parliament. (Votes: 487 - „for”; 77 - „against”; 22 - “abstention”).

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
08. 06. 2011


The European Parliament, for the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area

The Romanian minister of administration and interior, Mr. Traian Igas, welcomes the decision on the approval, in the European Parliament, with a large majority, of the Report on the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area, drafted by the EP’s rapporteur for this dossier, Mr. Carlos Coelho.

On June, 08, 2011, the final vote in the European Parliament on the report for the Schengen accession of Romania and Bulgaria was approved with 487 votes „for”, 77 „against” and 22 „abstention”.

“The large number of European parliamentarians which voted today for the accession of Romania to the Schengen area proves once more that our country, and the Ministry of Administration and Interior in particular, fulfilled all the accession criteria and deserves to be a part of the freedom, justice and justice European area. The positive vote reflects the trust of the European parliamentarians in our capacity to ensure the security of the EU borders as well as to manage, at the level of the Schengen standards, all the responsibilities that result from the EU member state status. Tomorrow, during the discussions which will take place in the JHA Council, we are waiting for a positive signal, respectively a clearer time table regarding our accession to the Schengen area this year ”, declared minister Traian Igas.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
18. 04. 2011

 

On March, 10, 2011, a working meeting took place in Ruse, between the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior and the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior. The two delegations were led by Mr. Marian TUTILESCU, head of the Schengen Department within MAI, respectively Mr. Dimitar GEORGIEV, vice-minister of the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior. The Romanian delegation was composed of representatives of the Schengen Directorate, Directorate for European Affairs and International Relations, Border Police, National Police, International Police Cooperation Center, the General Prosecutor’s Office as well as the Romanian home affairs attaché in Bulgaria.

The discussion was centred on three pillars, put into practice by means of three working groups.

Within the first working group, the heads of the two delegations discussed about the evolutions in the two countries as regards the Schengen area accession and the fulfilment of this common goal in a predictable calendar. The Romanian- Bulgarian cooperation was positively appreciated and it was decided for periodical meetings in the same format to be organized.

The second working group, made of experts of the national police and border police from both states, approached the existing bilateral cooperation forms. The organization of working meetings on the border area between the Romanian and Bulgarian experts in the field was decided. In addition to the common controls performed by the traffic police and the common patrols on the seaside, which are already implemented, the two parties decided to organize common operations on the Danube and common activities for combating the economical-financial crimes.

The third working group, set up from representatives of the international cooperation structures, surveillance and judicial authorities, finalized a common procedure for implementing the cross border surveillance procedures, stipulated by the Schengen Convention. Also, initiating common training sessions in the field was decided.

Background

In 2008, through a Common Declaration, Romania and Bulgaria declared their intention to join the Schengen area in March 2011. Both countries implemented the necessary measures for the accomplishment of the Schengen standards in the following fields: police cooperation, visas, data protection, borders and Schengen Information System. During 2009-2010, Schengen evaluation visits were organized in both countries in these fields, with the participation of teams made up of EU experts. All of Romania’s Schengen evaluation reports were official approved in Brussels.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
28. 01. 2011

Adoption of the Schengen evaluation report for Romania in the field of SIS/SIRENE

On January 28, 2011, the meeting of the Schengen Evaluation Working Party took place in Brussels.

On this occasion, the group adopted the Schengen evaluation report in the field of SIS/SIRENE for Romania, drafted after the last evaluation mission which took place in Romania during December 6-10, 2010.

Thus, Romania successfully concluded the Schengen evaluation process.

Backgound information

All the Schengen evaluation reports drafted after the missions that took place during 2009-2010, were approved gradually by the Schengen Evaluation Working Party of the EU Council.

The main conclusion of the Schengen evaluation reports adopted up to now and also of this last one is that Romania reached an advanced status as regards the implementation of the Schengen acquis and is prepared to join the Schengen area.  

Every evaluation report includes recommendations, be them legal, procedural or infrastructural made by the experts that visited Romania which must be implemented by our country until the time of Schengen accession. Starting with the time of adoption of these evaluation reports, the implementation of these recommendations has been monitored and the state of play has been assessed in the above mentioned working party.

France had expressed reservations on this last report during the previous meeting og the Schengen Evaluation Working Party, which it did not maintain at the currect meeting.  

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
22. 11. 2010


Romania’s Schengen revisit on air and land borders

During 15 – 17 November 2010, Romania’s Schengen revisit of air and land borders took place.

The Evaluation Committee was composed of experts of the Schengen Member States and a representative of the General Secretariat of the EU Council, the leading experts being the representatives of Sweden (for air borders) and Spain (for the land borders).

The visited sites were the international airports Henri Coanda Bucharest, including „Ţiriac Air” terminal, and Traian Vuia Timisoara, as well as the border crossing points Moravita road and Stamora Moravita rail.

During this visit, the evaluated institutions were: the Ministry of Transports and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Administration and Interior (Border Police).

Also, discussion and possible adoption of Romania’s revisit report was included on the agenda of the Schengen Evaluation Working Party meeting of the 10th of December 2010 in Brussels
.

Background

Any country wishing to become a member of the Schengen area must undergo an evaluation process. Throughout this process, it should prove it fulfils all the necessary conditions to be a Schengen member state.

The Schengen evaluation process comes under the responsibility of the Schengen Evaluation Working Party, composed of the representatives of the Member States, European Commission and the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.

The first part of the evaluation process is the answering to a comprehensive questionnaire forwarded to the respective country. This questionnaire comprises detailed questions about all the relevant issues on the implementation of the Schengen provisions. The answers to this questionnaire are discussed during the meetings of the Schengen Evaluation WP.

When sufficient information has been obtained, the evaluation visits start. The goal of the Schengen evaluation visits consists in verifying that all necessary conditions of the Schengen acquis are fulfilled in order for Romania to obtain the quality of a fully fledged Schengen Member State.

The Ministry of Administration and Interior, through the Schengen Department has been coordinating the organization of these visits.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
23. 09. 2010


THE APPROVAL OF THE SCHENGEN ACTION PLAN REVISED FOR 2010

On the 08th of September 2010 the Schengen Action Plan revised for 2010 was approved by the Romanian Government, by means of a Memorandum.

Since the last revision of the Schengen Action Plan, in 2009, 6 Schengen evaluation missions have been organized, in the following fields: police cooperation, data protection, visas, sea borders, air borders and land borders.

Following these evaluation missions, the Evaluation Committee made a number of recommendations within the evaluation reports, regarding legislative, technical, infrastructure, organisational, personnel training measures, which were compiled under the Schengen Action Plan revised for 2010. It is essential that these measures are fulfilled until the end of 2010, in order for our country to enter the Schengen area in March 2011.

The Action Plan further comprises measures that must be fulfilled during 2010 in order to organize the Schengen evaluation revisit on Air Borders that will take place between 15-17.11.2010  in the best conditions and to prepare for the last Schengen evaluation mission on SIS/SIRENE, that will take place between 06-10.12.2010.

Among the responsible institutions with the carrying out of the measures foreseen in the Schengen Action Plan revised for 2010, are the following: Ministry of Administration and Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Finances, Ministry of Transports and Infrastructure, Ministry of Justice, Special Telecommunication Service, National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing.

Background

According to the National Strategy for Accession to the Schengen Area for the period 2008-2011, the Schengen Action Plan is a programming document whose aim is to identify and prioritize the actions to be taken in order to meet the preconditions for complete implementation of the Schengen acquis.

The Schengen Action Plan is permanently monitored and annually updated in order to identify the specific measures and actions to be taken for Schengen accession, in the assumed calendar, to adjust those already settled according to the new legal and institutional national context, as well as according to the changes in the field at European level, so that any delays that may undermine the process should be avoided.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
16. 09. 2010


The Schengen evaluation report on air borders was approved

On the 16th of September 2010, the national SIRENE Bureau within International Police Cooperation Center was inaugurated.

The national SIRENE Bureau represents the specialized structure at the level of the Ministry of Administration and Interior which ensures the supplementary information exchange with SIRENE Bureaus of other Member States, within the international police cooperation between Schengen Member States, according to the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement.

SIRENE Bureau, functions 24/7 in order to ensure the continuity of the information flow between the similar national bureaus and the national competent authorities.

The competences of the national SIRENE Bureau are stipulated by Law no 141/2010 on setting up, organizing and functioning of the National Information System for Alerts and participation of Romania to the Schengen Information System.

The national SIRENE Bureau will be a part of the Schengen evaluation process in the field of SIS/SIRENE and the visit will take place during 06-10 December 2010.

Background

In September 2010, the programme of the Schengen evaluation visit in the field of SIS/SIRENE which will take place in December 2010 was adopted in Brussels. This is the last evaluation visit to which Romania will be subjected to in the past two years.

Up to now, 6 Schengen evaluation visits in very complex fields (police cooperation, visas, data protection, sea, air and land borders) were successfully passed, the preparation degree for implementing the Schengen acquis being appreciated as high by the experts.

The deadline assumed by the Romanian authorities for accession to the Schengen area is March 2011.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
16. 07. 2010


Romania
’s Schengen evaluation report on land borders was approved

On the 15th of July 2010, during the SCH-EVAL WP meeting, Romania’s Schengen evaluation report on land borders was approved.

The report does not recommend the re-evaluation of our country and contains the on the spot situation identified by EVALCOM as well as conclusions and recommendations which Romania must implement in the next period.

The competent institutions have already started to solve the issues identified by EVALCOM so that the progress made will be presented during the monthly SCH-EVAL WP meetings.

Also, at the same SCH-EVAL meeting, the programme for the next Schengen evaluation visit in the SIS/SIRENE field was adopted. The exact period for carrying out the SIS/SIRENE visit will be further established, in the second part of 2010. This will be the last visit of the Schengen evaluation process in which Romania was involved for the past two years.

Up to now, the Schengen evaluation process has been successfully passed. Now the attention of the Romanian authorities with competences in the SIS/SIRENE field is focused on fulfilling all the necessary conditions for the functioning of SIS in Romania.

In order to prepare the Schengen SIS/SIRENE evaluation visit in the best conditions, between the 20th and the 24th of July 2010, a pre-evaluation visit in the field, with the support of two European experts, with a large experience in the field, will take place.

Background

Between the 27th of March and the 1st April 2010, the Schengen evaluation visit on land borders took place in Romania.

This was the 6th evaluation visit which took place in our country, after the Schengen evaluation visits on police cooperation, data protection, visas, sea borders, air borders which were carried out in March, April, June, September and November 2009.

The Ministry of Administration and Interior, through the Schengen Department has been coordinating the organization of these visits.

The goal of the Schengen evaluation visits consists in verifying that all necessary conditions of the Schengen acquis are fulfilled in order for Romania to obtain the quality of a fully fledged Schengen Member State.

During the visit, the evaluated institutions were: the Ministry of Administration and Interior (Romanian Border Police and Romanian Immigration Office), Ministry of Transports and Infrastructure and National Customs Authority.

The evaluation team consisted of 11 experts from other Schengen Member States, one expert from the General Secretariat of the EU Council and one expert from the European Commission.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
29. 06. 2010



The adoption of the Council decision on the application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis relating to the Schengen Information System in the
Republic of Bulgaria and Romania

On the 29th of June 2010, during the reunion of the UE Council on Agriculture (AGRI), the Council decision on the application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis relating to the Schengen Information System in the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania was adopted.
The adoption of the Decision represents a very important step for accession to the Schengen area, which will enable the Romanian authorities to enter data into the SIS and therefore, to organize the evalution mission in the field under best conditions.
Prior to voting on June 29, the draft decision was adopted by the plenum of the European Parliament, with a total 525 votes in favour, 18 against and 54 abstentions on the basis of Mr. Coelho’s report presented on May 31 during the LIBE Committee reunion.

Background

The Schengen evaluation mission on personal data protection field took place during 29 April – 1 May 2009.
Following this evaluation mission, on the 29th of July 2009, the report in the filed was adopted by the Schengen Evaluation Working Group during a reunion which took place in Brussels.
According to the procedure, subsequent to the adoption of the report, the General Secretariat of the EU Council initiated the follow up procedure which consists in monitoring the recommendations within the evaluation report.
The progress achieved by Romania in fulfilling the recommendations has been presented during the SCH-EVAL WG.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
10. 06. 2010


On the 10th of June 2010, the National Schengen Auto-evaluation Commission headed by Mr Vasile Blaga took place at MoAI Headquarter.

During the reunion, the Commission approved a decision regarding the 2010 revised Schengen Action Plan, document which will be submitted to the Romanian Government for approval, by Memorandum.

This Plan contains clear measures and terms for fulfilling all the necessary requirements for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area in March 2011.

Through this document, the National Schengen Auto-evaluation Commission plans for all the objectives to be fulfilled until the end of December this year.

Minister Blaga urged all responsible institutions and authorities for rapid and firm actions for implementing the remaining measures in order to fulfil the objectives according to the schedule, until the end of this year.

The agenda has also included such themes as: analysis of the conclusions and recommendations following Romania’s Schengen evaluation on land borders, which took place between the 26th of March and the 1st of April 2010, the stage of the infrastructure works at the Otopeni and Timisoara International Airports, the situation of the financial funds contracted by Schengen Facility and their implementation.

The reunion was also attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Department for European Affairs, the Ministry of Transports and Infrastructures, the National Customs Authority, the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Romanian Intelligence Service, the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications, the Ministry of Communication and Information Society, the General Secretariat of the Government and the Central Finance Contracting Unit.

Background

National Schengen Auto-evaluation Commission is an inter-ministerial body which has the role to co-ordinate, promote and represent the national policies and strategies in the Schengen acquis implementation field.

The president of the National Commission is the Ministry of Administration and Interior, Mr Vasile Blaga and its’ executive president is the Secretary of State in MoAI, head of Schengen Department, Mr Marian Tutilescu.

Romania intends to enter in the Schengen area in March 2011, thus lifting the control at the internal borders. In order to fulfil this objective, Romania must undergo an evaluation process on several fields. Up to now, 6 Schengen evaluation visits took place in Romania, the last one being scheduled for November/December 2010.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
11. 05. 2010

 

The Schengen evaluation report on air borders was approved

On the 3rd of May 2010, the Sch-Eval meeting took place in Brussels. During this meeting, the Member States approved Romania’s Schengen evaluation report on air borders.

In accordance with the evaluation report, our country accomplished the majority of the necessary conditions in this field, for the accession to the Schengen area.

Bearing in mind that at the moment of the Schengen evaluation visit, the two evaluated airports „Henri Coanda” Bucharest and „Traian Vuia” Timisoara were under modernization and extension, the EVALCOM decided to revisit these locations after the work will be completed.

Thus, a re-evaluation visit of the two mentioned airports will take place, probably in November 2010 and will follow the accordance of the air borders infrastructure with the Schengen standards.

Background

During 2009 and 2010, Romania passed through 6 Schengen evaluation visits, as follows: police cooperation, data protection, visas, sea borders, air borders and land borders.
 
At the moment, the Schengen evaluation report on land borders is expected.

The last Schengen evaluation visit in SIS/SIRENE field will take place during 29 November- 3 December 2010.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
27. 03. 2010


Schengen evaluation visit in the field of land borders in Romania

During 27 March - 1st April 2010, the Schengen evaluation visit in the field of land borders in Romania will take place. This is the 6th Schengen evaluation visit to take place in Romania, after the evaluation visits in the fields of police cooperation, data protection, visas, sea and air borders, which were organized in March, April, June, September and November 2009.

The Ministry of Administration and Interior, through the Schengen Department, coordinates the organization of this visit.

The goal of the Schengen evaluation visits consists in verifying that all necessary conditions of the Schengen acquis are fulfilled in the respective field in order to became a full fledged Schengen Member State.

During this visit, the evaluated institutions are: The Ministry of Administration and Interior (Romanian Border Police, Romanian Immigration Office), Ministry of Transports and Infrastructure and National Customs Authority.  

The evaluation team is composed of 11 experts from Schengen Member States, one expert from the General Secretariat of EU Council and one expert from the European Commission.

At the end of this visit, the experts will draft a report which incude the conclusions and recommendations of the EVALCOM. After this, the report will be approved by SCH-EVAL, in Brussels.

Background information

Joining the Schengen area is one of the most important objectives for Romania, starting with the 1st of January 2007. Romania wants to become a Schengen Member State in March 2011. Achieving this goal is of the utmost importance.

In order to fulfil this objective, Romania must undergo an evaluation process, which consists of several stages. Up to now, according to the conditions agreed with the General Secretariat of EU Council and with the successive EU Presidencies, our country passed two phases of the Schengen evaluation process:

- Presenting the Declaration of Readiness on accession to Schengen Area

- Filling in and submitting the Schengen Questionnaire

At the same time, the third phase has started:

- Carrying out the Schengen evaluation visits

During 2009, 5  Schengen evaluation visits were carried out  as follows:

  1. Police cooperation – 23-29 March 2009
  2. Data protection – 29 April-1 May 2009
  3. Visas – 02-11 June 2009
  4. Sea borders – 03-07 September 2009
  5. Air borders – 15-18 November 2009

Except for the activity which is scheduled to take place during 27 March – 01 April 2010, Romania will host a Schengen evaluation mission in the field of SIS/SIRENE at the end of this year.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
23. 02. 2010

 

Romania-Bulgaria meeting

Ruse, February 23rd 2010

On the 23rd of February 2010, a meeting between Mr. Marian Tutilescu, secretary of state, head of Schengen Department and Mr. Pavlin DIMITROV, deputy of the Bulgarian minister of interior took place, in Ruse, Bulgaria

During the meeting the Joint Action Plan for Partnership and Implementation of Joint Measures for the Preparation of Romania and the Republic of Bulgaria for the Accession to the Schengen Area in March 2011 was discussed and signed.

The plan encompasses joint activities and various measures with regard to the implementation of all criteria for joining the Schengen area.

The main actions foreseen in the Action Plan refer to legal and operational measures, development of communication means and technical equipment, enhancing practical cooperation, training and qualification measures

During the meeting, both delegations agreed to conduct several joint expert meetings, in order to discuss and finalize the measures foreseen in the Action Plan 

The Romanian delgation included representatives within Schengen Directorate, European Affairs and International Relations Directorate, General Inspectorate of Ramanian Police, General Inspectorate of Border Police, Romanian Internal Affairs Attache in Sofia and the minister’s counsellor, Mr. Harald MAAS.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
22. 01. 2010

 

MINISTRY OF ADMINISTRATION AND INTERIOR FROM ROMANIA AND PROVINCIA DI LIVORNO FROM ITALY

“Development of the institutional mechanisms for implementation of the European legislation in the matter of processing personal data at the level of the Ministry of Administration and Interior”

On the 28th of January 2010, at 10.00, at the Briefing Room of the Ministry of Administration and Interior located at Piata Revolutiei the project “Development of the institutional mechanisms for implementation of the European legislation in the matter of processing personal data at Ministry of Administration and Interior institution’s level”, financed through the Transition Facility, will be launched.

The beneficiary is the Office for Personal Data Protection Responsible within the Ministry of Administration and Interior.

The project will be carried out in partnership with Provincia di Livorno from Italy over six months between January and July 2010 and has as general objective the lining up of the internal legislative framework which regulates the personal data processing according to the standards and best practices of EU and the enhancement of the training for the MAI staff.

The project is structured on three major components:

  • identification of the operational, technical, coordination and security standards needed for a better protection of the personal data;
  • elaboration, dissemination and implementation at every competent level of the Operational Technical Norms and standards for assuring the security of processing personal data approved by MAI;
  • dissemination and specific training for MAI staff regarding the security of personal data.

For the six months of implementation the total budget is of 208.792 Euro, out of which a sum of 192.992 Euro is represented by Transition Facility, while 15.800 Euro represents national co-financing.

The above-mentioned event will be attended by the following persons from the Italian counterpart: Mr. Paolo Nanni, president of the Provincia di Livorno Sviluppo. From Romania, quaestor Marian Tutilescu, secretary of state within Schengen Department will be present at the event.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
29. 12. 2009

 

THE APPROVAL OF THE SCHENGEN EVALUATION REPORT IN THE FIELD OF SEA BORDERS

On December the 15th, 2009, the SCHEVAL meeting held in Brussels approved the report of the Schengen evaluation mission in the field of sea borders for Romania.

The evaluation mission took place in Constanta and Tulcea counties during 3-7 September, 2009.

The mission included visits at SCOMAR system, Constanta border crossing point, Constanta Marina, Constanta Naval Group, the Romanian Naval Authority, Border Police mobile patrols, Tulcea border crossing point of and the Special Aviation Unit.

The experts highly appreciated the excellent organization and the coordination of the specific details of the mission, the quality of the presentations made and the professionalism of the Romanian experts.

The report underlined that the activities related to the sea border control in Romania were in accordance with the Schengen acquis and noted some aspects as being best practices in the field.

The report does not contain any recommendation for a re-evaluation and represents one of the best reports in the field.

The last Schengen evaluation mission of 2009 was held in the field of air borders, during 15-18 November 2009.  The report of this mission has not yet been drafted by the EVALCOM.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
15. 10. 2009

 

THE APPROVAL OF THE SCHENGEN EVALUATION REPORT IN THE FIELD OF VISAS

Between 6 and 7 October 2009 took place in Brussels the Schengen Evaluation Working Group (Scheval).

During this working group, the Schengen Evaluation Report in the field of visas was approved. The report underlines the fact that our country is able to fully apply the Schengen standards by the time of the effective adhesion.   

The reports stressed the excellent security of the consulate’s buildings, the good training of the consular personnel, the procedure of issuing visas and the technical equipment available in both consulates.

The evaluation mission took place in June 2009 at the consular offices of Romania in Kishinev and Istanbul and consisted in the verification of the fulfillment of all the conditions necessary to the implementation of the Schengen acquis in the field, in order to become a Schengen Member State.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
15. 10. 2009

 

MONITORING PROCEDURE FOLLOWING THE SCHENGEN EVALUATION MISSIONS

Following the approval of the Schengen evaluation reports of the missions in the fields of police cooperation, personal data protection and visas, the so called monitoring procedure (follow-up) started.

According to this mechanism, Romania shall present, periodically, at the Schengen Evaluation Working Group (Scheval), the measures that are being implemented in order to remedy the problems stated during the Schengen evaluation missions.

In this way, the EU Council will track the progress made by Romania in order to completely achieve the Schengen standards.

This monitoring procedure was also used in the case of the 9 states that acceded to the Schengen area in December 2007 and Switzerland, who became Schengen member state with full rights in December 2008.

The first responses of Romania were analyzed during the Scheval reunions from September and October 2009. 

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL 
07. 09. 2009

 

Romania’s Schengen evaluation visit in the field of sea borders

During September 3-7, 2009, the Schengen evaluation visit in the field of sea borders took place in Romania.

It was the fourth evaluation visit to take place in our country, following the evaluation visits in the field of police cooperation, data protection and visas that were held in March, April and June 2009.

The reports for these visits are positive and note Romania’s readiness for Schengen accession.

The Ministry of Administration and Interior, through the Schengen Department coordinated the organization of this visit. 

During the visit, the evaluated institutions were: the Ministry of Administration and Interior (the Border Police and the Romanian Immigration Office), the National Customs Authority and the Ministry of Transport. 

The mission included visits to the SCOMAR, the border crossing point of Constanta, the passenger terminal in Constanta, Constanta Marina, the Naval Group of Constanta, the Cargo Port of South Constanta Agigea, the Romanian Naval Authority, the field and mobile patrols of the Border Police, the border crossing point of Tulcea, the Special Aviation Unit.

The evaluation team was made up of 10 experts from the Schengen member states (Sweden, Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Spain) and a representative of the General Secretariat of the EU Council. The team was led by the Swedish expert, the country that has the EU presidency during the second semester of 2009.

Following this visit, the experts will draft a report with the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation team. The report will be later on approved by the Schengen Evaluation Working Group in Brussels, most likely in November 2009.

The following Schengen evaluation visits are scheduled as follows: air borders (November 2009), land borders (March 2010), SIS/SIRENE (October 2010).

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
29. 07. 2009

 

THE APPROVAL OF THE SCHENGEN EVALUATION REPORTS OF ROMANIA ON POLICE COOPERATION AND PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

On the 29th of July 2009, the Sch-Eval WG took place in Brussels. During this meeting, the Schengen evaluation reports of Romania in the fields of police cooperation and personal data protection were approved.

The approval of these reports represents the acknowledgement of the positive outcome of the Schengen evaluation missions that took place so far in Romania.

The reports highlighted the excellent organization of the missions, the flexible cooperation among the police structures, good training of the personnel, the equipment endowment as well as the adequate level of personal data protection according to the security standards foreseen by the Schengen acquis, public awareness and the collaboration between MAI and NSAPDP.

The evaluation missions took place in March and April 2009 repectively and consisted in checking up, in practice, the fulfilment of the conditions necessary for implementing the Schengen acquis by Romania, in order to join the Schengen area.

The Evaluation Committee was formed of experts from Schengen Member States, one representative from the European Commission and one from the General Secretariat of EU Council.

During 2009, another Schengen evaluation mission took place - in the field of Visas -  and there are two more missions to come respectively: sea borders (September 2009) and air borders (November 2009).

 

 
  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
01. 06. 2009

 

Romania’s Schengen evaluation visit in the field of visas

During 02-11 June 2009 will take place Romania’s third Schengen evaluation visit. The evaluated field is visas, the on the spot activity taking place at Romania’s Consulate from Kishinev (03-04.06.2009) and Romania’s Consulate from Istanbul (09-10.06.2009).

The evaluation team will be comprised of experts from EU Member States, an expert from the European Commission and an expert from the General Secretariat of the European Council. The experts will evaluate not only the process of visas issuing and the issuing flow, but also the premises and equipments of Consulates. 

Also, during 02-11 June 2009 Bulgaria’s Consulates from Kishinev and Istanbul will be evaluated.

After the visit, the Schengen experts will draft a report which will contain the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation team, which, in its turn, will be presented during the Schengen Evaluation Working Group, probably at the end of July 2009.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
29. 04. 2008


Schengen evaluation visit in the field of data protection

During 29 April- 1 May 2009, the Schengen evaluation visit in the field of data protection will take place.

This is the second Schengen evaluation visit that took place in Romania, after the Schengen evaluation visit in the field of police cooperation carried on in March 2009.

The Ministry of Administration and Interior, through the Schengen Department co-ordinates the organisation of this visit.

The goal of the Schengen evaluation visit consists in verifying that all necessary conditions of the Schengen acquis are fulfilled in order to obtain the quality of full fledged Schengen Member State.  

During the visit, the institutions evaluated are: National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing (1st day), MAI and MoFA (2nd  day).

The evaluation team is composed of experts from Schengen member states, one expert from the European Commission, one expert from the General Secretariat of EU Council.

At the end of the Schengen evaluation visit, the experts will draft a report which contains the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation team. This report will be approved by Scheval WG, in Brussels, probably in the second half of 2009.

Background information

Any state wanting to become a Schengen MS must undergo an evaluation process. In this context, it must prove that all the conditions needed in order to became a full fledged Schengen Member State are accomplished.

The Schengen evaluation process is under the responsibility of the Scheval WG which is composed of Member states, European Commission and General Secretariat of EU Council experts.

The first step of the Schengen evaluation process consists in filling in an extended questionnaire which is sent to the respective state. This questionnaire contains detailed questions on all relevant issues for implementing the Schengen provisions. The answers to this questionnaire are discussed in Scheval WG.

When sufficient information is obtained, the Schengen evaluation visits start, in order to verify, on the spot, the preparations for Schengen accession.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
23. 03. 2008

 

The first Schengen evaluation visit inRomania

 During 23-29 March 2009, the first Schengen evaluation visit in the field of police cooperation took place in Romania.

The Ministry of Administration and Interior, through the Schengen Department, co-ordinates the organization of this visit.

The goal of the Schengen evaluation visit consists in verifying that all necessary conditions of the Schengen acquis are fulfilled in order to obtain the quality of full fledged Schengen Member State.

The evaluation team is composed of experts from Schengen member states, one expert from the European Commission, one expert from the General Secretariat of EU Council. The leading expert is representative of the Czech Republic.

At the end of the Schengen evaluation visit, the experts will draft a report which contains the conclusions and the recommendations of the team. This report will be approved by Sch-Eval WG, in Brussels.

During 2009-2010, Schengen evaluation visits will took place in the following fields: data protection, visa, sea, air and land borders, SIS/SIRENE.

Background information

Any state wanting to become a Schengen MS must undergo an evaluation process.

The Schengen evaluation process is under the responsibility of the Sch-Eval WG which is composed of Member states, European Commission and General Secretariat of EU Council experts.

The first stage of the Schengen evaluation process consists in filling in an extended questionnaire containing detailed questions on all relevant issues for implementing the Schengen provisions. The answers to this questionnaire are discussed in Sch-Eval.

When sufficient information is obtained, the Schengen evaluation visits start. Expert teams are drafting the evaluation reports which will be discuss and approved in Sch-Eval WG. The final report of Sch-Eval is presented to EU Council which adopts the decision authorizing the lifting of controls at the internal borders.

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  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
08. 12. 2008


On 5th of December 2008, within Sch-Eval Group that took place at Bruxelles, the Romanian delegation has presented the answers of Romania to the questions in the Schengen Questionnaire.

The head of Romanian delegation was the secretary of state, head of Schengen Department within Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, chief quaestor Mr. Vasile-Gabriel Nita. The delegation was formed of representatives of the Schengen General Directorate and of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The presentation was structured on six chapters which aimed at, beside relevant information related to the 5 fields of Schengen evaluation( police cooperation, personal data protection, visas, borders and SIS/SIRENE), a description of the main stages fulfilled by Romania in order to access to the Schengen area.

The president of the Sch-Eval Group and the member states have given a positive appreciation not only to the information presented by the romanian delegates but also to the power-point presentation and have congratulated the romanian representatives for the professional manner they approached this event. The members of the evaluation group appreciated the promt answers to the questions related to the presentation.

After this step, Romania’s next goal is the organization under best conditions of the evaluation missions which will start in march 2009. The first field to be evaluated is police cooperation whose program was approved during the same meeting.

Also, within the Schengen Evaluation Group, Mr. secretary of state had a bilateral meeting with Mr. Jean Louis De Brouwer, the Director of Immigration, Asylum and Borders Directorate within Justice, Freedom and Security General Directorate from the European Comission.

With this opportunity, the two officials exchanged opinions related to the Schengen Evaluation Process of Romania, to the stage of implementation of Schengen Facility in Romania  and to the perspectives of Schengen Informatic System of second generation. The romanian part made a short presentation on the latest evolution in the process of accession to the Schengen area and appreciated the continuous support of the european executive. Mr. De Brouwer experessed his belief that Romania will fulfil all the conditions for entering the Schengen family in March 2011.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
02. 12. 2008


On the 5th of December 2008, within Schengen Evaluation Group in Bruxelles, will be presented the answers of Romania to the Schengen Questionnaire which was officially received in September. A delegation from the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform shall take part at this event which will be lead by Mr. secretary of state, head of schengen Department, chief quaestor Vasile-Gabriel Nita.

The Schengen Questionnaire is a complex document which comprises approximately 250 questions on all Schengen evaluation fields and represents a image of the implementation and enforcing the Schengen Aquis in Romania. The answers will be analysed within Schengen Evaluation Group formed of representatives from member states, European Comission and the Secretariat of EU’s Council.

The analysis of the answers to the Schengen Questionnaire shall be followed by the evaluation visits, when the european experts will practically verify the stage of implementation of the Schengen Aquis. This visits will be organized, starting with march 2009 on the following fields :police cooperation, personal data protection, visa, sea borders, air borders, land borders and SIS/SIRENE.

Background information

Following the achievements of the Schengen Department , on the 17th of September 2008, Romania has officially received the Schengen Questionnaire. That moment represented the second stage of the Schengen evaluation process after remitting the Declarations of Readiness regarding the accession to the Schengen Area on the 28th of June 2007 and on the 2nd of June 2008. Our country has offcially sent the answers to the Schengen Questionnaire.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
17. 09. 2008

 

Romania has officially received the Schengen Questioner

Following the steps taken by the Schengen Department with the French Presidency and the General Secretariat, Romania has officially received, on 17 of September 2008, the Schengen Questioner.

This represents the second faze of the Schengen evaluation process, after the transmission, by Romania, of the Declarations of Readiness regarding the adhesion to Schengen Area, on 28 of June 2007 and on 2 of June 2008.

The Schengen Questioner is an extinguished document which contains approximately 250 detailed questions regarding all relevant aspects for the implementation and the application of the Schengen provisions.

Romania will have approximately 2 months to respond to this questioner. The answers will be analyzed and discussed in the Schengen Evaluation Working Party, in Brussels, where the Member States can ask supplementary questions.

The examination of the answers to the Schengen Questioner is fallowed by the beginning of the side evaluation visit , in 5 fields: visas, police cooperation, personal data protection, borders and SIS.

Romania has assumed March 2011 as term of the adhesion to the Schengen Area.  The main benefit of the adhesion to the Schengen Area is represented by the affiliation to an area in which the internal cross border controls were eliminated and the citizens could travel freely in an area of freedom, security and justice.

 

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
17. 09. 2008

 

  Pre-evaluation visit in the SIS/SIRENE field

Between 15-17 September 2008, at MIRA headquarters, took place a pre-evaluation visit in the SIS/SIRENE field. The visit was organized at the Schengen Department, with the support of TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange) ant the support of two Austrian experts in the field who were involved in the development of SIS at European level.

The visit was based on theoretical and practical aspects regarding the steps to be taken by Romania    towards the implementation of the second generation of SIS (SIS II), as well as the necessary steps for the operationalization of the Romanian SIRENE Bureau, who will realize the exchange of supplementary information with the similar bureaus of the other Schengen states.

At this activity IT experts from MIRA structures and from the institution that will have access to SIS in Romania were involved. With this occasion, the Austrian experts addressed o series of questions regarding the stage of the modernization of the actual systems towards SIS II connectivity.

The pre-evaluation visit was organized after the pattern of the Schengen evaluation visits, which took place in the other Member States. The Austrian experts will draft a report that will contain their conclusions and recommendations.

Romania has set up as an objective to adhesion to the Schengen Area in March 2011. This desideratum presumes the fulfillment of the Schengen standards in 5 fields who will be evaluated: visas, police cooperation, personal data protection, borders and SIS.

 

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
08. 07. 2008

 

Before the JHA Council the minister Cristian David had a meeting with the Vice-president of the European Commission, Jacques Barrot, where they discussed about the process of adhesion of Romania to the Schengen Area, the initiative of Romania to create a Regional Centre for civil protection regarding the intervention in case of natural disasters, the Anti-corruption Strategy in the Public Administration, an also the analysis of the situation created by the recent steps taken by the Italian authorities.

Minister David presented to the European Commissioner the evolution of the adhesion process of Romania to the Schengen Area; Jacques Barrot had the occasion to find out about the progress made by our country in the management of the border security and the fulfillment of the adhesion time table.
This ensured Romania of the Commission support during the entire adhesion process.

The two officials discussed also about the intention of the Romanian minister to assume the coordination of a regional centre of civil protection regarding the intervention in cases of natural disasters, in partnership with Bulgaria and Greece, who will cover also the Western Balkans area.

Taking into consideration the Romania’s experience, witch came in the help of Greece during the fires in 2007, Jacques Barrot appreciated this method of cooperation and regional solidarity who comes into meeting of the vision, both of the Commission and the French Presidency. The European Commissioner assured Romania of the support of the Commission towards the materialization of our initiative.

Another subject of the discussion was the Anti-corruption Strategy in the Local Public Administration, its objectives of modernization, reducing birocracy and increasing transparency of the Romanian administration underline the real assumption of the elimination of the corruption

Minister Cristian David expressed the concern of the Romanian authorities regarding the steps taken by the Italian Government and requested to the Commission to supervise carefully those application as to be non discriminative and not to harm the rights of the European citizens

The vice-president of the European Commission assured that he would carefully supervise the application of the new steps taken by the Italian Government will be done according to the personal rights of each citizen and to the European regulations.

 

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
19. 06. 2008

Today, 19 June 2008, at Ruse/ Republic of Bulgaria took place a working meeting between the Romanian delegation, lead by the secretary of state, Mr. Vasile – Gabriel NITA, Chief of the Schengen Department and a Bulgarian delegation, lead by Mr. Goran YONOV, deputy of the minister of interior.

On behalf of Romania, to this event representative of the MIAR from the Schengen Department, International Police Cooperation Center, General Inspectorate of Romanian Police and General Inspectorate of the Romanian Border Police participated.

On the agenda of discussion between the two officials were subject of interest, including the stage of Romania’s preparation in the field of police cooperation and the presentation of the Romanian SIRENE Bureau.

The Romanian experts presented to the Bulgarian delegation the missions of the auto-evaluation in the fields of police cooperation and the control and surveillance of the border towards the preparation of Romania for the Schengen evaluation process. Also, was discussed the possibility to organize a common auto-evaluation visit at the Romania-Bulgaria common border.

The experts of the two states discussed also the realization in common of a surveillance system of the Danube River and the finalization of the negotiation for the signing of the Cross Border Police Cooperation Agreement.

At the same time, meetings between the representatives of the Romanian and Bulgarian SIRENE Bureaus were planed , for the opening of new direct channels of cooperation and exchange of experience in the field.

 

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
16. 06. 2008

 

Romania continues the preparation for the start of the Schengen evaluation process

Between 16-20 June 2008, in Bucharest takes places the pre-evaluation visit in the field of the border management, organized by the Schengen Department of the MIAR, with the support of two Slovak experts, Mr. Milos CHMELKO, director of the Border Police Directorate of the Border Police and Alien Department and Mr. Miroslav UCHNAR, director of the Border Police of the Sobrance Region.

This visit is a preparation instrument for the adhesion to Schengen Area, especially in what concerns the familiarization of the institutions with the evaluation procedure which will cover also our country.

The event continues the series of the action made for the preparation of the MIAR structures, but also of the other institutions of Romania, for the Schengen evaluation visits which will start in the first trimester of 2009, being known the role of the Schengen Department as a coordination institution in the adhesion process.

The Slovak experts, together with the Romanian experts, will operate field visits, at the “Henry Coanda” International Airport and at the County Inspectorate of Border Police in Galati and will have meetings with the experts of the MIAR structures with attributions in the field (General Inspectorate of The Border Police) and also with the experts of the Ministry of Transport and of the National Custom Authority.

 


  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
03. 06. 2008


Romania continues the preparation for the start of the Schengen evaluation process

Between 2-5 July 2008, in Bucharest, takes place the pre-evaluation visit for police cooperation, organized by the Schengen Department from MIAR, with the support of two Slovak experts, Mr. Pavel SLOPOVSKY, chief of the Police Cooperation Bureau and Ms. Slavka SLEZAKOVA, chief of the Schengen Unit of the Police Cooperation Bureau.

This action represents a preparation instrument for the adhesion to the Schengen Area, especially regarding the familiarization of the institution with the evaluation procedure which will concern also our country.

The event continues the series of the action made for the preparation of the MIAR structures, but also of the other institutions of Romania, for the Schengen evaluation visits which will start in the first trimester of 2009, being known the role of the Schengen Department as a coordination institution in the adhesion process.

With this occasion, meetings will take place with Romanian experts from the structures of the MIAR with attributions in the field ( the General Inspectorate of Romanian Police, the General Inspectorate of Romanian Border Police, International Police Cooperation Center, General Inspectorate of Romanian Gendarmerie, General Directorate of the Human Resource Management) and of the Ministry of Justice, Public Ministry, National Customs Authority.


  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
27. 03. 2008

 

Between 27-28 March 2008 takes place a seminar named “Police cooperation in the Schengen context” organized by the Schengen Department, with the support of TAIEX, from the European Commission.

On this activity, in which 150 officers from the Romanian Police and Romanian Border Police are involved, a number of experts from the member states participate.

On the seminar’s agenda are subjects as the implementation of the articles 39-47 and article 73 from the Schengen Convention, the implementation of the Schengen Border Code, common points and centre of contact, SIRENE Bureau and SIS.

In the context in which the adhesion to the Schengen Area represents a strategic objective of MIAR, the intensification of the cross border police cooperation represents a useful step, which supports the Romanian adhesion to the Schengen Area.

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
04. 03. 2008

The reunion of the Prüm working group in the field of DNA

Today, 4 of March 2008, Mr. Vasile-Gabriel NITA, secretary of state, Chief of the Schengen Department, participated at the opening of the sessions of the Prüm working group in the field of DNA, at MIAR headquarters. This reunion carries on for 2 days, with the participation of 14 experts from 14 European countries.
In this context, Mr. NITA appreciated the importance of the Prüm Convention for the strengthening of the police cooperation in the fight against the organized crime and terrorism.

The technical working group in the field of DNA is one of the 6 working groups that functions under the coordination of the Joint Working Group, as part of the Prüm Convention. The agenda of this working group included also the visit to the Forensic Institute of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police.

INFORMAŢII DE BACKGROUND:

The Prüm Convention (Germany) was signed in 27 of May 2005 by seven states: Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Holland and Austria.                                                                                
Called also Schengen III, his main objective is the strengthening of the cooperation between the signatory states in the fight against terrorism, cross border criminality and illegal immigration, thru the genetic data (DNA) exchange, digital finger prints, the matriculations of vehicles and other personal data. The Convention also provides the constitution of common patrols and other forms of intervention (security flight attendant, common assistance at major events).

On 15 December 2006 was signed an Implementation Agreement (ATIA) which contains the necessary provisions for the technical and administrative implementation of the Convention

As a member state, Romania started the necessary procedures for the adhesion to the Prüm Convention. The law regarding Romania’s adhesion to the Prüm Convention was approved by the Deputy Chamber and, presently, follows the necessary law procedures.

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
25. 01. 2008



Minister Cristian David and his Bulgarian counterpart signed today, January 25, 2008, the Common Declaration for Romania and Bulgaria’s readiness for Schengen accession in 2011.

The event took place in the margin of the JHA Council meeting in the presence of the EU commissioner for justice and home affairs, Franco Frattini and the Slovenian home affairs minister, Dragutin Mate.

From Romania’s standpoint, there is a calendar of Schengen accession which includes clear and precise deadlines and projects that ensure fulfillment of the conditions necessary for achieving this objective until the end of 2010 – start of 2011. Financing the projects that need to be implemented shall be done by using government funds, Phare funds and those from the Schengen Facility.

Among the advantages of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, there is the full freedom of movement for Romanian citizens in this area by eliminating completely the borders and free movement of labor force.  Also, there is the prospect of a better prevention and fight against crime while at the same time, more efficient means of managing controlled migration and fighting illegal migration could be used. 

As regards the significance of this moment for Romanian citizens, Minister Cristian David said that “Romanians will be able to travel to Paris or Rome as if they were traveling to Iasi or Brasov without restrictions, neither at the border nor at the customs office. In fact, for Romanians, Schengen accession will stand for freedom of movement.”

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Among the conditions that Romania took to fulfill for Schengen accession there are:

  1. securing the external borders, according to Schengen standards
  2. setting up the Schengen Information System which ensures direct access to the data bases of the EU. Thus, it is necessary to constitute the IT structure of the data base and to connect it to that of the EU.
  3. creating the conditions for integration into the EU common visa system which means endowing the Romanian embassies or consulates in this area to the Schengen standards
  4. achieving the necessary conditions for police and judicial cooperation

 

 

  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
10. 01. 2008


Common declaration of Romania and Bulgaria on Schengen accession

Within the Romanian-Bulgarian bilateral relations on Schengen issues, yesterday, January 9, in Sofia, a MIAR delegation led by Mr. Principal quaestor Vasile-Gabriel NITA, Ph. D., secretary of state, head of the Schengen Department, was welcomed by Mr. Goran Yonov, the Bulgarian deputy minister of interior.

During the meeting, the two officials agreed on the text of the Romanian-Bulgarian   Common Declaration on Schengen accession. By this document, which will be signed by the ministers of interior of the two countries and submitted to the General Secretariat of the EU Council in Brno of January 24-25, 2007, Romania and Bulgaria assume together the year 2011 as common accession date to the Schengen area. They also agreed that the steps taken for achieving this goal should be made in close cooperation.

In the same context of developing the bilateral relations as regards Schengen, the two officials also discussed the cooperation between the structures subordinated to the two ministries, as well as developing common future projects

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  INFORMATIVE JURNAL
24. 10. 2007


The Government adopted today the 2007 revised Schengen Action Plan


Once a full member of the EU on January 7, 2007, Romania entered a new stage which involves preparing and adopting the necessary measures for accession to the Schengen area. The timeframe envisaged by the Romanian authorities for ccessionSchengen a is 201
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Schengen accession presupposes creating a general framework for a unitary approach at all levels (legislation, institutional, financial and training).

One of the aspects considered is annually revising the Schengen Action Plan. The 2007 Schengen Action Plan represents a revised version of the Schengen Action Plan, which was presented by the Romanian authorities in 2006. This revision was determined by the evolutions of the relevant Schengen acquis and the legislative, institutional and operative progress in the fields described in the Schengen Action Plan and was done in order to update the information related to the situation of Schengen acquis implementation.

According to the Accession Treaty, Romania will be allotted during 2007-2009 an amount of 559.8 MEURO for the Schengen Facility and for the Cash Flow Facility.

The allotments for Romania for the two facilities are distributed as follows:

297.2 MEURO in 2007
131.8 MEURO in 2008
130.9 MEURO in 2009

According to the Protocol on the conditions and arrangements related to Romania’s accession to the EU at least 50% of the above amounts are destined to finance actions at the new EU external borders in order to implement the Schengen acquis and the border controls at the external borders.

In order to be flexible, the actions will have to derive completely or primarily from the Schengen acquis and to have as objective improving and strengthening for the future the control at the external borders.

The scope of the Schengen Action Plan is identifying and making a hierarchy of the actions that will be adopted for fulfilling the preconditions in order to fully implement the Schengen acquis, as soon as possible, as well as to gradually implement it.

The measures mentioned by the Schengen Action Plan are mainly financed from the state budget which allots yearly to the relevant ministries and institutions different amounts for implementing the necessary measures.

The actions are planned and carried out by these ministries/institutions depending on the calendar set in the Schengen Action Plan and the strategies and specific action plans.

As ministry responsible for preparing the Schengen evaluation process, the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform initiated several activities designed to train its structures but also other Romanian institutions for the upcoming evaluation visits in Romania, beginning with the second half of 2008.

The Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform is the Responsible Authority for the Schengen Facility having the task of implementing the community assistance through this facility.

The coordination of the implementation and monitoring the commitments made by Romania, centralizing the results and their analysis in order to measure the efficiency of the measures taken is done by the National Schengen Autoevaluation Commission, through the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, as its secretariat.

In October, the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform hosted the third meeting of the National Schengen Auto-evaluation Commission (NSAC), which had on the agenda the adoption of the Multi-annual Indicative Program 2007-2009 Schengen Facility, as it was negotiated with the European Commission. The meeting also discussed other relevant documents for the preparations related to Schengen accession.

The Schengen Facility is a provisional tool for supporting Bulgaria and Romania during the date of accession and the end of 2009 in order to finance the implementation of the Schengen acquis and border controls at the new EU external borders. In order to be eligible, the measures will have to derive entirely or primarily from the Schengen acquis and to have as objective the improvement and strengthening in the future the controls at the external borders.

NSAC also adopted a Decision on setting up a mixed committee for Schengen evaluation in consulates. There was also a presentation of the results of the pre-evaluation visits in the field of border control and data protection, which took place in August and September 2007.

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Background information

The preparations for Schengen accession already started since the general framework for a unitary approach was created in all levels (legislative, institutional, financial and training). One of the aspects concerned is the permanent revision of the Schengen Action Plan. Thus, the Schengen Action Plan was updated in 2007 and adopted by the Romanian Government on May 30, 2007.

The objectives set:

  1. Strengthening the control at the external borders, the surveillance of the external border area and the fight against trans-border crime;
  2. Improving the control by increasing the capacity of data delivery and access.
  3. Developing the capacity for international cooperation in combating trans-border crime.

 

Romania implements the community policies in the field of integrated state border management in order to achieve a proper security level at its borders. Thus, by Government Decision no. 324/2007 the National Strategy for integrated state border management was approved for the period 2007-2010, which represents a continuation of the document, drafted for the pre-accession period to the EU (2004-2006) adopted by GD no. 471/2004.

The National Strategy for integrated state border management has as a scope setting up a common, coherent and efficient management of the Romanian state border in line with the community requirements which could increase the safety of the citizens while respecting their fundamental rights and freedoms, improving the legal flow of passengers and merchandise at the border and fulfilling as soon as possible the necessary conditions for applying the Schengen acquis and joining the Schengen area.

As regards the visa policy, Romania sets as objectives: introducing the uniform visa sticker, introducing the Schengen sticker, introducing the uniform sticker to be applied on the visa issued for persons holding a travel document that is not recognized by Romania.

 

 

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