Lipinski Backs Inclusion of Romania in Visa Waiver Program

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“Since the 1989 Romanian revolution, which ended communist authoritarian rule, Romania has become a steadfast ally of the United States.  Joining NATO in 2004, Romania is a true security partner, one of the largest contributors to the fight in Afghanistan, has welcomed U.S forces to be stationed along the Black Sea, and hosts NATO’s new multinational brigade. 

“Despite this strong support for the United States and Europe’s defense, Romania is one of the few remaining democratic allies not already in the Visa Waiver Program and I believe that should change.  Including Romania in the Visa Waiver Program would increase security cooperation, enhance trade and economic relations, and increase mutual tourism.

“The program’s security standards include sharing security-related information with the United States and the timely reporting of lost or stolen passports.  Participant countries are also required to maintain enhanced counterterrorism, law enforcement, border control, and document security standards.  Romania has shown their commitment to the United States and NATO.  We should demonstrate our commitment to the bilateral relationship by including Romania in the Visa Waiver Program.”

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