A top European Union official says Romania’s government has agreed to back EU reforms to overhaul the bloc’s migration system.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, left, shakes hands with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, left, shakes hands with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said Wednesday that Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila had promised to support seven proposals on migration that would reform the Dublin Regulation, the EU’s current asylum system.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani gestures during a joint press statement with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani gestures during a joint press statement with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Under that system, the majority of asylum applications have been submitted in Germany, Italy and France, causing tensions among EU members.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani gestures during joint press statements with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani gestures during joint press statements with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The European Parliament initiated reforms this year aiming to more fairly distribute migrants among EU members and better police the EU’s external borders.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, walks with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, walks with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Romania’s support is important as it assumes the EU’s rotating presidency on Jan. 1.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, left, shakes hands with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, left, shakes hands with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Like other East European countries, Romania’s isn’t keen on increasing the relatively low number of migrants it takes.

Source: The Associated Press

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