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August 6, 2021

President Iohannis at the EPP Congress in Malta: Romania does not uphold integration concentric circles and multi-speed EU

President Klaus Iohannis restated o Thursday, in Malta, at the summit of the European People’s Party (EPP), that Romania does not uphold the idea of a multi-speed Europe, because it would deepen the division and mistrust between the Member States, especially in the context of Brexit and of the other crises that European Union is facing.

Iohannis spoke in his speech about signing the Declaration of Rome on the EU’s future, restating that Romania does not uphold a multi-speed Europe.

“Our main policies should be oriented to what can unite us and to avoiding a fragmented Europe. Romania does not uphold a European Union of integration concentric circles nor a multi-speed one leading to the risk of a social and economic division among Member States. We do not see these scenarios as tools for deepening cooperation among Member States, especially since the EU is already confronted with division” said the Head of State in the plenary sitting of the EPP Congress.

He said that Europe is now “in a difficult moment”, being marked by complex crises “of an unprecedented intensity”.

“Terrorist attacks, migration, nationalism, populism, Brexit, and more than anything, escalating Euroscepticism, have become major concerns. (…) Our vision for the future of the European project is clear: Romania wishes a strong, united and cohesive European Union. Our country contributed to European construction’s consolidation and it will continue to do it, strongly believing in the values that unite us and that make us to be a real European family: freedom, democracy, peace, security, solidarity”, the President also said.

The Head of State advocated for maintining EU’s unity by renouncing “to any walls and barriers”.

President also spoke about the London’s recent decision on starting Brexit.

“Although Brexit caused a significant decrease of the Euro-enthusiasm, a large part of the members of the European family remained loyal to the values promoted by the union, appreciating that it is better to identify solutions than to give up a project that succeeded to bring harmony and cooperation on the continent for so many decades. In the end, European Union remains an indispensable project for all of us” Iohannis said.

In this context, President stated that European Union must be proud of what has been achieved until now, and it must consolidate these achievements, such as the four fundamental freedoms, the common market, the Schengen Area, the Euro area, the cohesion policy.

“We must not forget any moment the principle that built the European Union. «Unity in diversity» is the motto that guided, from the outset, the policies of the Member States, and this principle should also be our source of inspiration in everything we intend to do from now on”, he stated.

President Klaus Iohannis was present on Thursday in Malta, to attend the EPP summit together with other Heads of State and of Governments in the popular European family; the discussions referred to subjects like Brexit, migration and the situation in the Western Balkans. The agenda of the President also included a meeting with Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko.

Romanian parties affiliated to EPP: PNL, UDMR and PMP, have also attended this summit.


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