The accession to the Schengen area and the observance of the rights of Romanians living in Italy are topics on the discussion agenda of President Klaus Iohannis during the official visit he is paying to Italy on Monday and Tuesday.
“The visit to Italy continues the series of foreign visits I insisted on paying in the beginning of my mandate to states with which Romania has strategic and special partnerships. The importance of this visit is given by several aspects: the existence of a strategic partnership and of a collaboration tradition between the two states, the fact that Italy is one of Romania’s main economic partners and, last, but not least, the existence in Italy of a very large Romanian community. (…) I shall approach the topic of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, same as I have on the occasion of all the visits to European capitals,” President Klaus Iohannis said in a press statement held at the Henri Coanda International Airport on Monday, before his departure.
The head of state also said he wants that “the rights of the Romanian citizens living in Italy be observed and defended,” taking into account that the Romanians in the Italian Peninsula “significantly contribute to the economic and social development of Italy and represent a connection bridge between our states.”
Iohannis pointed out that among the topics he has in view, “a special place is taken by the support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova, but also by the situation in Ukraine.”
According to the President, in the discussions with the officials of Rome, he will also approach the modalities through which “the collaboration and coordination inside the European Union, but also inside NATO can be strengthened.”
President Iohannis will have talks with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale Palace of Rome, on Monday.
Moreover, Klaus Iohannis on Monday will meet Senate President Pietro Grasso, at the Giustiniani Palace, and with representatives of the Romanian community of Italy, at the Palazzo della Cancelleria.
On Tuesday, the head of state will have talks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, at the Chigi Palace, and will meet with Romanian students in Italy, at the Accademia di Romania.
The delegation accompanying Klaus Iohannis is made up of presidential advisers Dan Mihalache, Cosmin Marinescu, Ion Oprisor, Andrei Muraru, Lazar Comanescu and Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Secretary of State George Ciamba.
The head of state is also accompanied on his official visit by his wife, Carmen Iohannis.