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August 13, 2022

President Iohannis says his first 100 days have been about values

In the report on his first 100 days in office on Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis explained his scarce public appearances by pointing out that this was not the role of a head of state.

‘Some people wonder why I have not talked more over this period, why I do not react first upon each ?breaking news’, why I do not publicly admonish other institutions, why I do not criticize daily other politicians. It’s simple: because this is not the role of a president. And because this was my first promise: a different way of doing politics, without noise and show; less talk for the sake of talking and more construction, with reason and patience, the President told media at the Cotroceni Palace.

On his foreign travels, Iohannis said foreign policy was a fundamental prerogative of the president.

‘I could also hear the question why the president was making so many visits abroad, why he can’t just stay at home, keeping an eye on the TV and the parties.

Foreign policy is a fundamental prerogative of the president, especially since a strong and effective foreign policy means a strong and effective state for its citizens.

I don’t believe I am wrong to say that, these 100 days, Romania has begin regaining its respect and credibility in the big European capital cities and in the world’, the head of state also said during the press conference he offered on the occasion of the completion of 100 days of his term in office, on Tuesday.

Asked if the fears of some politicians about a possible abuse of arrests, televised justice and case information leaks were substantiated, Iohannis answered: ‘We can all see that Romania is in a very intensive phase in combating corruption, with very visible action, many initiated by the prosecutor’s offices in charge of these things. I deem this to be a positive thing. Both you and I can see new politicians charged with various wrongdoings almost every day, and that takes us to a question: how could they have been in the public space for so many years without anyone coming to check these things? It’s good that it is happening even now in the 12th hour. I must tell you very clearly: this intensive phase of fight against corruption is ugly, it is very ugly, it brings out the worst and ugliest in Romanian politics. But I can assure you that, without this phase, we cannot get well.

He stressed that his first 100 days in office ‘have been about values.’

‘It was important, for me, to reaffirm the confidence in some principles emptied of their content by the behaviour of other politicians exerting the power. ‘Romania of the thing well done’ is possible: a country that knows what it wills and can what it wills. This is a project of healing for the country, which requires a simple condition to operate: everyone doing their job with full responsibility,’ the President declared.

He further reminded his promise to be a mediator and integrator.

‘After years of permanent conflict, I have brought to the table of dialogue the political parties, representatives of the institutions and the civil society, on various topics. One of the results was the signing of the agreement on the increase of the Defence budget,’ Iohannis mentioned.

The President asserted he was not following any particular interest when using the presidential prerogative of returning laws to the Parliament for re-examination; he claimed he will just not sign laws that breach constitutional principles or obligations of the state.

‘Over this period, I have returned several laws for re-examination. I tell you very clearly: I will not play with our country’s laws. I do not use this presidential prerogative in feuds with anybody, or to answer any particular interest. I just won’t sign laws that do not observe constitutional principles or obligations of the Romanian state,’ Iohannis declared.

He justified his presence at the reports of several judiciary, defence and national security institutions as a recognition of their work, as he wanted to underline that all the state’s institutions work for the citizens and have to defend the democracy.


Greatest discontentment was the response of the Parliament to the requests of the Judiciary


In his report on his first 100 days in office on Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis said his greatest discontentment was the response of the Parliament to the requests of the Judiciary and the still lengthy procedures for lifting MPs’ immunity for criminal investigations.

‘My greatest discontent is still the way the Parliament keeps responding to Judiciary’s requests,’ the President said in a media address at the Cotroceni Palace.

He called for the politicians tainted by corruption suspicions to resign.

‘As regards the politicians suspected of corruption and their avoidance of Justice, there is a test; if one fails it, no one can help. It’s the personal integrity. In politics, if you make a big mistake, you should resign,’ Iohannis asserted.


I am not going to take the role of Opposition


Iohannis also said he was not going to take the role of Opposition, and the parties should answer any questions about Government changes, in the Parliament.

‘The Government has not changed essentially, except some positions vacated because of some procedures that have not place the Government in any good light. I mean, for instance, the former finance minister, who is investigated by prosecutors. This is why he had to go, and someone else took his place. I don’t expect this government to become more efficient. When will another government come is, however, a question essentially to be asked to political parties, and it should be asked in the Parliament. I do not intend to take the role of the Opposition. I stay within the role of president. If the Opposition manages to gather enough votes to pass a censure motion, we will have another government. If it fails, we will have another government after the parliamentary elections in 2016,’ Iohannis told media at the Cotroceni Palace.

Asked whether he still wanted a government of his own, he answered any head of state did, but this would mean an Executive with whom he would be able to work effectively, both formally and informally, in all the state issues.

‘For instance (…) I would have imagined a government that wanted to work with me, before coming up with significant modifications to the Tax Code, would have come to me, present it to me, discuss it and see how it can be implemented. Well, it didn’t happen, just like the government considered it can go ahead without consulting the President in other matters, too,’ Iohannis declared.

‘I do not want to do the Government’s job, or (…) anyone else’s,’ he added; he admitted that the prime minister has informed him on some other things and they have discussed them.


Iohannis about Basescu: He is very vocal and loves his posting, retirement is good for him


Klaus Iohannis said at Cotroceni Place on Tuesday, speaking of the message Traian Basescu had posted on Facebook asking him not to accept the nomination of Eugen Teodorovici as Minister of Finance, that the ex-president was very vocal and loved his posting’.

‘I have not met with the ex-president, I have not asked him absolutely anything, we have not talked about either the residence or politics. Retirement is good for the ex=president: he’s very vocal and loves his posting. I wish him good health, Klaus Iohannis said.


First Lady institution cannot find a place in Romania yet


On the First Lady institution, the president believes that, for now, it cannot find a place in Romania.

‘I think the institution of the First Lady does not find its place in Romania for now. Perhaps there should be a public debate, a few surveys to find out if Romanians want this or not. However, my first lady does me the honour of accompanying me everywhere where she can and I believe that’s is a first step in introducing a debate on the First Lady subject to the public space’, Iohannis said.


Romania, reforms like a pendulum: from one extreme to the other


During his 100-day performance report on Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis also spoke about the recent ANAF measures deemed as abusive.

‘Romania is a country in full process of reform, we always have one reform going – in education, healthcare, taxation, ANAF, Fiscal Code and, unfortunately we can see there is a trend of working as a pendulum, from one extreme to the other. We have periods where the tax authority does not take care of the issue, and period when it deals with details which do not deserve too much attention in my opinion. I suppose that, once the current ANAF changes are over, we will reach a state of normality’, Klaus Iohannis said.



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