President Klaus Iohannis (photo L) on Thursday had a brief discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the beginning of the informal European Council meeting in Brussels.
The Romanian President also had short conversations, at the debut of the meeting, with French counterpart Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
After the official photo op, President Iohannis also discussed with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.
This was the first time when Iohannis participated in a meeting of the EU heads of state or government, a very good opportunity for him to introduce himself to the European leaders, even to have some fun with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and EC President Jean Claude Juncker, like shown in the picture.
Romania wishes to adopt the European currency
President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday night, in a press conference in Brussels that in the informal reunion of the European Council he underlined that Romania wishes to adopt the European currency.
The head of state specified that the last topic approached by the European Council was the strengthening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), showing that the measures agreed upon at the EU level regarding the investments’ stimulation, the monetary policy and the budget dimension, were referred to during the debates.
“In this respect, the importance of continuing the structural reforms in all the member states, was underlined. I have highlighted that Romania wishes to adopt the Euro currency. From this viewpoint, we will watch very carefully the current process of EMU strengthening,” said Klaus Iohannis, quoted by the Agerpres correspondent in Brussels.
The President mentioned that during the reunion, there was a debate on the Greek situation and he stressed that the Eurogroup President informed about the main aspects approached in the Wednesday meeting.
“We are glad that an agreement was reached today between the Greek Prime minister and the Eurogroup President, in order to commence technical consultations ahead of summoning the Eurogroup’s reunion next Monday,” President Iohannis added.