On Thursday, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis met the EU ambassadors accredited to Bucharest, as part of a working dinner hosted by the Embassy of Netherlands, country that is currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The talks tackled aspects concerning the main topics on the agenda of the European Council Summit scheduled on June 28-29, Romania’s objectives at the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, as well as regional developments.
The Romanian Head of State expressed his opinion on the referendum that United Kingdom is currently holding on her continued European Union membership. He expressed his hope that British citizens will decide to keep the United Kingdom within the European family. In Romania’s opinion, such a result would be the best option both for United Kingdom and for the European Union as a whole, a communique issued by the Presidency shows.
Likewise, the Romanian President congratulated the Netherlands for the efforts exerted while holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first semester of this year, against a European and regional backdrop marked by numerous challenges.
The Head of State emphasised that Romania is a strong democracy, with solid democratic institutions and, at the same time, represents a factor of stability in the region.
Referring to the recently concluded local elections, the Romanian President pointed out that the elections were well organised and very few incidents were registered, which shows a clear improvement of the electoral process in Romania.
In the current European context, the Head of State emphasised that Romania remains a trusted member of the Union, committed in favour of the European project, our main objective being a stronger European Union. Romanian citizens are among the most dedicated to the European project, having confidence in the future of the European Union.
Referring to the migration issue, the Romanian President reiterated the stance according to which Romania remains in favour of a joint European-level answer to this particularly complex challenge, emphasising the need for measures to consolidate cooperation with countries of origin and of transit in order to tackle the profound causes of this phenomenon.
On the other hand, the Head of State expressed his opinion against solutions that rely on mandatory distribution mechanisms and financial sanctions.
Concerning our country’s accession to the Schengen Area, the Romanian President underscored that this remains a top priority for our country.
In regard to the Union’s foreign relations, the Head of State expressed his hope that the European Union’s Global Strategy will be presented at the European Council summit next week. In this context, the Romanian President emphasised the need to revitalise the Eastern Partnership, liable to generate a new vision and new working instruments.
Likewise, President Klaus Iohannis pleaded for continued support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova, a country that has to remain important for the Union.
Another topic concerned the NATO Summit that will take place in Warsaw in July. President Iohannis presented the expectations Romania has from this summit, insisting on the need for balanced and proportional consolidation of the Alliance’s eastern flank. The Romanian President also pleaded in favour of the strengthening of EU-NATO cooperation, essential for the efficient tackling of current security challenges.