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President Iohannis receives European Council’s President Tusk, at Cotroceni Palace, on Monday

President Klaus Iohannis will meet on Monday at the Cotroceni Palace (Presidency’s Hqs.) with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on a visit to Bucharest.

According to a release by the Presidential Administration, the head of state will receive the European high official at 6:15pm. They will have official talks, from 6:20pm, and a joint press conference starting with 7pm.


Iohannis to attend European summit, EPP summit

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).

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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