President Iohannis in Brussels: Romania expects arrangements agreed by EU with UK to be swiftly and fully implemented

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President Klaus Iohannis underscored in Brussels, on Friday, Romania’s expectation regarding the swift and full implementation of the arrangements agreed with the UK in the first stage of negotiations on the Brexit.

At the EU-27 European Council meeting held in Brussels on Friday, European leaders assessed the progress in the Brexit negotiations in the three specific areas – citizens’ rights, the border with Ireland and the financial bill.

European leaders appreciated that there had been sufficient progress in the three areas and decided to move to the second phase of the negotiations with the UK – on the future relations between the European Union and this country.

“From the perspective of Romania, the results obtained so far reflect fully the objectives pursued in the negotiations. Thus, as regards the Romanian citizens living on the territory of Great Britain and their family members, they will benefit from all the rights already acquired and covered by European law and after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU,” the Presidential Administration said in a statement.

Thus, the transfer of all social security benefits will be kept, including family and child allowances, and the professional qualifications obtained or in the process of being obtained prior to the withdrawal will be recognized. Family reunification principles have also been agreed, and future family members, the children of citizens covered by the withdrawal agreement respectively, will have the same rights.

The communiqué states that for the settled status for all EU citizens in the UK, administrative procedures will be transparent, simplified and will have minimal costs.

Regarding the financial aspects, the funds allocated to Romania for the 2014-2020 programming period will not be reduced.

Also adopted have been the guidelines that will be the basis for a new negotiation mandate for a transitional period, as well as for the framework of future relations.

The adopted directives highlight aspects such as the need to finalize all the elements leading to the first phase of the negotiations and consolidating the results obtained by starting the drawing-up of the withdrawal agreement, conditioning the second-stage negotiations on fully meeting all the commitments assumed in the first phase and the intention to have also in the future a close partnership with the UK in areas of common interest such as security, defense and foreign policy.

In the context of the adoption of the guidelines, President Iohannis stressed Romania’s interest in the future relations to define a close partnership with the UK in areas of common interest, including security, defense, foreign relations and the fight against terrorism.

 

Romania whishes to join eurozone as soon as possible

 

President Klaus Iohannis participated on Friday in the extended format Euro Summit in Brussels, context in which he reiterated Romania’s commitment to join the eurozone as soon as possible.

According to a press release of the Presidential Administration, the meeting’s talks revolved around ways of strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union.

“Romania’s President appreciated the fact that all member states participate in the Summit, those which are not part of the eurozone included, highlighting the need to advance the strengthening process of the Economic and Monetary Union through an inclusive and consensual approach of the member states. In the context, President Iohannis reiterated Romania’s strong commitment to join the eurozone as soon as possible, showing that for our country, the adoption of the unique currency is a highly important objective, both for the national economy and the long-term prosperity of the Romanian citizens as well as for our positioning within the Union,” reads the release.

The head of state participated on Thursday and Friday in the meeting of the European Council in Brussels. The European Council’s agenda featured topics regarding the defence and security areas, the European Union’s social dimension, education and culture, the EU policy on migration. Furthermore, discussions were carried out regarding the process of the UK leaving the EU (Brexit).

On the sidelines of the European Council meeting, President Iohannis attended the Euro+ Summit, also attended by non-euro EU member states.

 

Romania advocates open, fair access of national industries to European defence market

 

President Klaus Iohannis reiterated at the European Council in Brussels, Romania’s commitment to participate in PESCO and the advocating by our country of the open, fair access of the national industries, the SME’s to the European defence market, a release by the Presidential Administration reads.

The president stressed that the operationalization of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) instrument, which was officially launched on Thursday, should lead to the more efficient development of the military capabilities and the cohesion increase among the member states.

Klaus Iohannis also emphasised the importance of deepening the EU-NATO cooperation by implementing the Warsaw Declaration and by adopting of new measures regarding the increase of the cross-border mobility and combating terrorism.

President Iohannis also backed the enhancement of the EU social dimension, based on the Gothenburg Summit’s conclusions, through a joint efforts of the EU member states that will aim at strengthening the economic convergence and the social cohesion at the entire EU level.

As for the talks on education and culture, the Romanian president expressed his support for a more profound cooperation of the EU member states. He said that the measures in these fields must focus on the improvement of the linguistic and digital skills and on easing access to the labour market for all of the EU citizens. From this perspective, Klaus Iohannis said backs the consolidation of the European policies in culture and education, because they contribute to promoting the European identity, the strengthening of the economic convergence and social cohesion at entire Union’s level.

Moreover, president Klaus Iohannis stressed the significance of developing the cultural, creative industries for a better capitalization of the special potential in this domain, in particular in the context of the technological, digital evolutions.

Referring to the EU’s policy in migration and asylum, president Iohannis reasserted our country’s availability to actively contribute to the advancement of the talks with a view to identify acceptable solutions for all of the member states. President Klaus Iohannis emphasised the importance to further cooperation with the external partners, origin countries, transit countries, as a key-element in approaching the deep causes of migration and the identification of long-term solutions.

Klaus Iohannis also underlined as regards the financing of the EU’s external actions, that the setting up of a financial tool to halt the illegal migration needs a deep analysis, especially in respect of the negotiations for the Union’s multiannual budget.