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President Iohannis to Romanian MEPs: Joining Schengen Area still a priority

Joining the Schengen Area is still a priority for Romania, President Klaus Iohannis told Romanian members of the European Parliament on Thursday in Brussels.

According to a release of the Presidential Administration, the President’s meeting with the MEPs also concluded on the opportunity of setting up a mutual information channel on European topics and on Romania’s approaches to them.

Iohannis also presented the country’s stance on migration, on the consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union, on the EU-UK relations and on the perspectives of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

As regards the migration, the President reasserted Romania’s support to an approach based on solidarity and responsibility, on developing the dialogue and cooperation with the origin and transit states, and on identifying long-term solutions for this crisis.

As regards the European Union’s relations with the United Kingdom, he mentioned that it is in the interest of both sides to keep the UK as a Union member; he pointed out that possible solutions taking into account the British requests should not impact the fundamental European principles, especially the free movement of individuals.

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