“Is Romania in the EU?”, you’d ask. Well, visiting Romania is easier than ever, since, in 2007, Romania became part of the European Union. Since then, many things have changed in Romania, bringing Bucharest, its capital, to the list of true European capitals.
Now, Romania is aligned to the EU laws and directives. However, the only difference between Romania and any other EU country is that Romania still uses its national money – “LEI”.
And as things seem to go with the internal EU conflicts, there are few chances that Romania will ever adopt the EURO money. This inflexibility regarding the money brings advantages and disadvantages for tourists.
The advantages are in the cheap prices and affordable accommodation. The disadvantages lie in the constant worry to exchange your money. However, you should not despair, you can find exchange offices with euros at any corner. And also you can exchange your currency at one of the many bank-offices you’ll find in the cities.
If you want to read more about Romania’s currency, please read the following post:
Romania in the EU: Crossing the border
Crossing the border to Romania and from Romania abroad is like in any other country of the European Union. You can pass freely with just minimal check on occasion from the border authorities. The same rules apply, of course, on the airports. As an European citizen you can travel freely to Romania. However, as a non European citizen, you would still need a visa.
Only American, Canadian, Australian and the citizens of New Zealand do not need an entry visa to visit Romania, for stays up to 90 days, accumulated during a single visit – or multiple visits – within a six-month period. However, a valid passport is required for all overseas/ non-EU visitors.
Romania in the EU
There are 32 members of the European Parliament from Romania.
The Commissioner nominated by Romania to the European Commission is Corina Creţu, who is responsible for Regional Policy.
The Commission is represented in each EU country by a local office, called a “representation”. Romania has 15 representatives on the European Economic and Social Committee and 10 representatives on the Committee of the Regions, the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives.
Romania also communicates with the EU institutions through its permanent representation in Brussels. As Romania’s “embassy to the EU”, its main task is to ensure that the country’s interests and policies are pursued as effectively as possible in the EU.