PARIS | Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta participated on Wednesday and Thursday on a marathon in Brussels, trying to convince the European officials that the reforms he introduced in the Romanian political system are democratic and do not contradict the fundamental EU rules, but without success, Le Monde writes on it’s online edition on Thursday .
Helped by an influential Brussels lobby office, the Social Democrat leader met at a time, in addition to journalists, with the European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Socialist leader Sergey Stanishev, president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and also with Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, says the French daily.
After meeting with Barroso, he expressed “serious concerns” to the recent events in Romania, as Van Rompuy expressed himself in similar terms, citing the need to respect the “fundamental principles on which the Union is based upon”. “Brussels wishes to continue monitoring Romania as the Council will decide later that this condition is not permiting at this stage that the Schengen gates to be opened for the two countries, Romania and Bulgaria”, says the French publication.
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