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President Iohannis to attend Special European Council meeting on Saturday

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Saturday will be attending a special European Council meeting in Brussels in an EU27 format, presidential spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi told a press conference on Friday.

“The meeting is the result of the UK having informed about its wish to leave the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union,” said Dobrovolschi.

She unveiled the points to be advocated by Iohannis at the special summit of the European Council, mentioning among them preserving the unity of the 27 member states in the negotiating process, including in defending the fundamental principles and freedoms buttressing the EU; diminishing to a minimum the negative effects the UK leaving might trigger; achieving a balance between the rights and obligations of the two parties to the agreement; preserving the integrity of the single market and securing equal and indiscriminate access to the market for the companies and nationals of all the EU member states.

She added that Iohannis will advocate a gradual approach of the negotiations meaning first reaching agreement on the UK leaving the EU bad then negotiations over the future of the relationship between the EU and the UK.

“To Romania, the main objective of the negotiations is protecting the rights and interests of the Romanian nationals in the UK after Brexit,” said Dobrovolschi.

Iohannis is also expected to say that the main priority of the negotiations should be protecting the rights of the European citizens and their families, with emphasis on the right of all the EU citizens and their families to live, work and study in any member state.

As for the financial commitments, Iohannis will state that the agreement to leave will have to make sure the EU and the UK live by their commitments made before the leave date, with a minimum impact on the EU budget and without affecting the commitments agreed upon under the ongoing multiannual financial framework 2014 – 2020, particularly in relation to the cohesion and common agriculture funds.

He will also advocate keeping cooperation as close as possible between the EU and the UK after Brexit, arguing that irrespective of the framework for the future relationship, the UK has to stay as strongly connected to the EU as possible.

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