Romania’s foreign affairs minister Cristian Diaconescu has cancelled a visit to the Netherlands because he is angry about Dutch government criticism of the country’s efforts to combat corruption, Nos tv reports on Wednesday.
Diaconescu had been due to hold talks with foreign minister Maxime Verhagen and European affairs minister Frans Timmermans on Thursday.
LastFriday, the foreign ministry published the Dutch government’s response to an EU assessment of Romania and Bulgaria’s efforts to combat organised crime and corruption.
In that statement, the Netherlands says both countries have not done enough to remedy the situation and that ministers will pressure the European Union to call for improvements.
This could lead to financial consequences and a continuation of border controls for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, the statement says.
According to the NRC, Diaconescu called the statement ‘unfriendly and inadequate’.