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President Klaus Iohannis to attend Munich security conference, discuss NATO’s future

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday will start a working visit to the German land of Bavaria to attend a security conference in Munich, hosted February 12-14.

The head of state is scheduled to meet on Thursday Chairman of the Bavarian Parliament Barbara Stamm, while on Friday he meets Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer and hold a joint press conference with him. Official sources say Romania’s interest is in winning over as many Bavarian investors as possible.

On Friday, the opening session of the Munich security conference will be held. Iohannis will be the key speaker on Saturday, at the panel on the future of NATO.

Among the topics to be approached at the conference will be positions on the Russian Federation, the ongoing refugee crisis, the future of NATO, terrorism, the latest developments in Syria, Ukraine and Africa as well as climate change.

“As far as Russia is concerned, Romania’s position is Russia has to fully respect the Minsk agreements. (…) There is currently no considering lifting the sanctions on Russia. At the same time, we do not believe that fully isolating Russia is the best solution. On certain levels, such as Syria, dialogue with Russia could be maintained,” official sources said Tuesday.

The Munich conference is designed as a venue for bilateral meetings of the participants. Attending the event will be chiefs of state, prime ministers, European commissioners and ministers from several countries.


Iohannis to attend European summit, EPP summit next week

President Klaus Iohannis will be attending, February 18-19, a meeting of the European Council and a summit meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP), official sources say.

The February 18 summit of the European People’s Party in Brussels, to be attended by Iohannis for the first time since taking over office, will discuss preparations for a European Council meeting on the ongoing migration crisis and negotiations with the UK over reforms of the EU.

Also attending the summit, to be chaired by EPP President Joseph Daul, will be President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, EPP MEP group leader Manfred Weber, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, Iris PM Enda Kenny, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov and Latvian PM Laimdota Straujuma.

Previously, Iohannis attends a summit meeting of the European Council.

The same official sources say the summit may end with the conclusion of a political agreement on the UK’s pulling out of the EU, known as Brexit.

“The UK pulling out of the EU would pose a great risk to the EU collapsing. Romania’s interest is in the EU surviving,” the sources said.

At the same time, the UK limiting its social benefits should not discriminate against the nationals of other European Union member states versus the UK people and it should not apply retroactively.

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