Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis started on Thursday a visit to Brussels with important meetings on his agenda. Yesterday he had talks with the European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and on Friday he will be meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The areas of interest in what regards the full integration of Romania in the European Union – the accession to the Schengen Area, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) aspects and the improvement of the capacity of absorption of European funds were the main topics addressed in Brussels by President Klaus Iohannis and his high level European interlocutors. After the meeting with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, President Klaus Iohannis declared himself very satisfied with the talks with the European officials and expressed his conviction that Romania was making progress in areas of interest in the main dossiers regarding its complete integration.
‘I stressed Romania’s intention to finalise the process of full integration in the European Union, in order to become an accepted and respected member of the core of the European Union’, Klaus Iohannis said after his talks with Juncker.
He noted that, as he had also said in Bucharest during the morning before departing to Brussels, the complete integration of Romania in the EU would be a priority of his term. ‘The complete Europeanisation of Romania will be one of my priorities’, Iohannis said.
He declared himself satisfied with the existence of identical positions to those of the Commission president on the Schengen matters and noted that Romania had major chances of joining the area soon.
As far as the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) is concerned, Iohannis announced that a new report would be out soon on the subject and expressed hope that Romania would successfully finalise the procedure by the end of his and Commission president’s terms in office.
Regarding the absorption of European funds, the Romanian head of state said he had asked for the support of European officials for improving the absorption rate. The Romanian president was reassured by both the Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Commissioner Corina Cretu that Romania would benefit from the entire EU assistance and availability for improving the absorption rate by making new mechanisms available in that respect.
This is the first visit abroad of President Klaus Iohannis since taking over his mandate and “The visit emphasizes the importance Romania attaches to its European profile as EU and NATO member state,” President Iohannis stated in Bucharest prior to his departure to Brussels.
”Our institutions are strengthened and our contribution to the European project must be one to match this. A priority of my mandate is to deepen the European integration, I will clearly convey this message to Brussels. We will discuss the steps that Romania should make for this full integration and to take up better the roles of EU and NATO members,” Iohannis pointed out in a press statement at Henri Conada International Airport in Bucharest.