The Federation of Romanian Associations in Europe – FADERE, together with the Romanian Austrian Cultural Circle Unirea, is going to protest in front of the Austrian Government, after Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s vote against Romania’s accession to the Schengen area.
FADERE, the Federation of Romanian Associations in Europe, together with the Romanian Austrian Cultural Circle Unirea, will organize a demonstration in front of the Government of Austria on Sunday, December 18, 2022, from 1:00 p.m.
“By voting against Romania’s entry into the Schengen area, Austria offended not only the 20 million Romanians in the country, but also the more than 150,000 Romanians who live legally in Austria, contributing to the prosperity of the country. Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s calculations that such a vote would get him a handful of votes in the January election may be wrong, given that he also deeply angered the 50,000 Romanians of origin who have Austrian citizenship and their families who have the right to vote”, said Daniel Tecu, president of FADERE, the Federation of Romanian Associations in Europe.
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Massive protests in Austria
After Romania’s refusal to join Schengen, Romanians organized several protests to do justice. A demonstration took place on December 11, in front of the government headquarters in Vienna. According to Erich Mocanu, the founder of the AEBS Association, which fights for the rights of Romanians in Germany and Austria, several Romanian workers and elderly caregivers took to the streets.
After Austria blocked Romania’s entry into the Schengen area, Romanians began boycotting Austrian products and companies. Several companies have given up the contracts they had with Austrian companies. Other people have closed their accounts with Austrian banks. And the Austrian gas stations in the country were empty, according to the diaspora.
We remind you that the Netherlands and Austria voted against the extension of the Schengen area to Romania and Bulgaria. The only state that has been accepted is Croatia.