President Klaus Iohannis has stated in Brussels on Thursday that the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has assured him of his full support in what regards Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area., reports the Agerpres special correspondent in Brussels.
“We have discussed and found that we have the same point of view on the topic of Schengen. Mr. President assured me of his full support for Romania in the matter of Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area”, said Iohannis in a joint press conference with the head of the European Commission, held after the meeting between the two.
He showed that he has also discussed with Juncker on the topic of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), mentioning that in only a few days we will have a new report on the matter.
“We have agreed that this encourages to say that in the coming years during our mandates we will successfully finalize this procedure because Romania has made significant progress, consolidating the state institutions in implementing structural reforms, consolidating the rule of law and consolidating the independence of the judiciary. We had practically identical views in this matter”, said Iohannis.
Iohannis: Complete Europeanisation of Romania, one of the most important objective of my mandate
Romania’s head of state emphasized that an important topic for Romania if it wishes to be in the EU core is the accession to the Eurozone, a desideratum of our country.
“Without going into too much detail, in a first discussion we agreed that it is a very good thing, to be wished and that we will together in this matter”, said Iohannis.
Iohannis also expressed joy that he “found not only understanding, but a point of view that was almost identical” to his own in the EC President in many important topics for Romania.
“I have emphasized my and our wish (…) to finalize the complete integration process to the EU, so to become a member not with full rights, because we have full rights right now, but a member that is accepted and respected as a member of the core of the European Union”, said Iohannis.
The complete Europeanisation of Romania, added the President, is one of the most important objectives of his mandate.
European funds: EC promises support for increasing Romania’s absorption rate
President Klaus Iohannis said also that he asked European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for support with increasing the absorption rate of EU funds and with the implementation of the projects proposed by Romania, adding that he also got the promise of the requested support.
“We had the opportunity to discuss European funds and I asked for Mr. President’s support – and also got the promise of it – with increasing Romania’s absorption rate, and with implementing the projects proposed by Romania,” President Iohannis told the joint conference delivered with Jean-Claude Juncker after the meeting with the EC head.
The Romanian head of state said that he and the EC President also discussed the latest agreement concluded in Romania on increased defence spending.
“I informed Mr. President that we have this agreement in place and the news was met with appreciation,” Iohannis added.
President Iohannis said that European Commissioner Corina Cretu was also present during a part of the meeting with the EC President.
Juncker: Under certain circumstances a state in the Schengen area can chose to introduce border check-ups
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday said that under certain circumstances a state in the Schengen area can choose to introduce border check-ups.
“Reintroducing border check-ups, in fact, doesn’t represent anything else but the implementing of the Schengen agreement. Under certain circumstances, the state in question can choose to introduce such procedures, if the situation requires it,” Juncker explained in the joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, when asked about the reintroduction of the border check-ups, required by some states.
Juncker also added that he places high trust in the Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, expressing his hope that he will bring Romania even closer to Europe.
“I have high trust in Mr. President of Romania. I hope that he will bring Romania even closer to Europe. Romania is an important member of the Union. Europe would not be complete without Romania and I have always been proud of the fact that in 2005, when I was President of the European Council, we signed in Luxembourg Romania’s accession treaty and I really feel close to this country,” said Juncker after meeting the Romanian President.
He showed that he has known Klaus Iohannis for many years, since the latter was mayor of Sibiu, and that his country, Luxembourg, has had privileged relations with him, referring to the fact that Sibiu held the title of European Culture Capital in 2007, at the same time as Luxembourg.
Juncker added that he met on Sunday with President Iohannis in circumstances that did not allow the evoking of the matters discussed on Thursday, namely at the Paris march held in the memory of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Agerpres correspondent in Brussels also reports.