President Klaus Iohannis announced he has signed on behalf of Romania a declaration on fighting terrorism adopted on Thursday by the European Council. He mentioned the decisions in this field should be applied with no discrimination between the Schengen Area member states and the non-Schengen ones.
Iohannis said terrorism was the second important topic of the European Council meeting in Brussels, next to the situation in Ukraine. ‘All the more, after the tragic attack in Paris, this issue got new relevance and political dimension,’ he said in a press conference.
The declaration referred to antiterrorist measures aiming at guaranteeing the citizens’ security, preventing any type of radicalism, and cooperating with the international partners, the President detailed.
He mentioned Romania’s support for the steps towards creating the necessary instruments to defend EU citizens and to consolidate the cooperation in European format. Romania also supports the cooperation with partners outside the European Union to combat the terrorist threats, using as much as possible the existing framework, he added.
‘I have insisted on not creating new divisions within the European Union through the measures we will apply. A comprehensive approach is necessary, one that makes most of the extraordinary feeling of solidarity after the attacks in Paris and avoids the exclusion of one community or another,’ Iohannis declared.
He said he has called for balance between the fundamental freedoms such as the free movement of individuals within the EU, the legislation in force, and the responsibility for EU citizens’ security.
‘I have asserted that our actions should not create new barriers. The measures we decide should be consistently applied within the EU borders, with no differences of treatment between Schengen and non-Schengen states,’ said the President.