According to Austrian media, Romania blocked Austria’s participation in NATO meetings. Two Austrian army officers have been waiting in Brussels for weeks for NATO accreditation.
Access has been delayed by Romania, which has asked for time to reflect, Austria’s public radio and television reported.
According to reports in two daily newspapers, the reason is probably the Austrian government’s veto of Romania’s Schengen membership.
Representatives of Bucharest in NATO have not commented on the case. In a statement from the Alliance, it is stated that it is hoped that the two sides will overcome their differences and that this will not interfere with the work of the Austrian officers in NATO.
Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Călăcu recently stepped up pressure on Austria and demanded that it approve his country’s accession to Schengen by December.