President Iohannis: Romania’s goal is to continue its European integration by joining Schengen and the euro zone

Romania wants to continue its European integration, President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday in his speech on Europe Day at the Cotroceni Palace, seat of the Presidential Administration.

“Our goal is to continue the process of European integration, by Romania joining the Schengen Area and the euro zone. We belong in the Schengen Area as a full member state. Romania’s accession will consolidate its security and will send, in a crucial moment, a strong political message in support of the preservation of the principle of free movement of individuals, the President said.

The “deep issues” of the health care system cannot be solved by a resignation, added Iohannis, stressing that the means should be find quickly to protect hospital patients countrywide.

“Corruption and prosperity are mutually exclusive. And prosperity without health doesn’t exist. We are in a moment of major crisis for the health care system with serious implications upon the Romanians’ lives. The deep issues of this system cannot be solved by a resignation or by spot measures; on the contrary, they claim sustainable solutions with concrete effects, and a long-term plan. We have the obligation to identify fast the means to protect the people who seek treatment in Romania’s hospitals. I am in a permanent communication with the prime minister on this topic,” the president said, obviously referring to the resignation of Health Minister Patriciu.

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