President Iohannis meets with ambassadors of EU states who are accredited in Bucharest: Romania’s accession to Eurozone – a fundamental goal; Schengen accession – legitimate objective

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President Klaus Iohannis met on Tuesday with ambassadors of European Union member states who are accredited in Bucharest, context in which he stated that Romania’s accession to the Eurozone continues to be a fundamental goal, and the accession to the Schengen area remains a legitimate objective for Romania.

According to a release of the Presidential Administration, during the meeting organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia, the country that currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU, there were tackled aspects regarding the main topics on the European Council meeting agenda, which is to take place on 14 and 15 December, as well as developments on an internal level.

“During the discussions with ambassadors, President Klaus Iohannis stated that Romania’s accession to the Eurozone continues to be a fundamental goal for our country. Moreover, Romania’s President revealed that the accession to the Schengen area remains a legitimate objective for our country, voicing hope that the EU will find, as soon as possible, a solution in this regard,” the Presidential Administration reveals.

Regarding the developments on a domestic level, the head of state referred to the situation in the economic area, but also talked about the process amending the justice legislation.

“The President reiterated his firm commitment regarding the strengthening of independence of the judicial system and the continuation of the fight against corruption,” the release mentions.

Moreover, President Iohannis congratulated Estonia for its results in chairing the Council of the EU, appreciating that the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) initiative in the European defence policy represents one of the important accomplishments of his mandate.

In this context, the head of state reiterated Romania’s commitment to participate in those initiatives meant to contribute to the consolidation of the European project and underscored that our country will maintain the same approach during its presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019.

“Romania wants to be part of the EU member states which endorse the idea of deepening the European project, in order to have a powerful as possible Union,” the Presidential Administration mentions.

President Iohannis highlighted also that the informal Summit in Sibiu on 9 May 2019 will be an important benchmark in respect to the process of revitalising the European integration.

The head of state reveled, in respect to the Brexit process that, despite the difficulties, he hopes for the best alternatives to be shortly found, that will allow European leaders to make the decision to move to the second stage of negotiations on the occasion of the European Council meeting that is to take place this month.

During the meeting with ambassadors of EU member states, at the request of President Klaus Iohannis, a moment of silence was held, in the memory of King Mihai I.