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Szijjarto asks Austria not to block Romania’s Schengen accession

Peter Szijjarto has made a "firm request" to Austria not to block Romania's accession to the Schengen zone.
1. September 2023 18:11

Speaking in in Timisoara on Friday, the foreign minister told a joint press conference with Romanian Minister of Transport Sorin Grindeanu that ten roads connecting the two countries are open one day a week because Romania has been blocked from Schengen membership, the ministry said in a statement.

Szijjarto said he “firmly asks our Austrian friends” not to “obstruct Romania’s accession” to Schengen in the autumn and the decision should be based on facts.

Hungary’s national interest was for Romania to join Schengen as soon as possible, he added.

“Romania is our third most important export market and a popular investment location for Hungarian capital,” he said, adding that national minorities also live in each other’s territory.

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