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President Iohannis to participate Thursday and Friday in Brussels in European Council meeting and EPP Summit

President Klaus Iohannis will participate on Thursday and Friday, in Brussels, in the European Council meeting, the main topics of discussions being mainly migration, the Union’s digital agenda, security and defence, the relations between the EU and Turkey, the North-Korean case.

According to a press release of the Presidential Administration, the European Council will also tackle the issue of the European Union’s future, context in which the Leaders’ Agenda will be discussed, a document proposed by the Council’s president which details the timetable and topics to be discussed by European leaders until the end of the first semestre of 2019.

A session in EU27 format will also take place, dedicated to talks regarding the UK leaving the Union in view of assessing the progress recorded so far in the negotiation process.

The Presidential Administration press release informs that President Klaus Iohannis will underscore, with respect to migration, the importance of monitoring the migration flow along the Eastern Mediterranean route, so as to improve its handling. At the same time, Iohannis will highlight that implementing the EU-Turkey Statement must remain a priority for the Union.

During talks about the digital agenda, the head of state will maintain the need for the Unique Digital Market to become fully operational as soon as possible. Moreover, Iohannis will emphasize that cybernetic security is a key element for the good functioning of this market.

As regards the European defence policy, the head of state will inform the members of the European Council in respect to Romania’s decision to participate in the Permanent Structured Cooperation Process (PESCO) from the very beginning of its launch, due for December this year.

President Klaus Iohannis will stress, with regard to foreign relations, the importance of the EU-Turkey relation, the Turkish state being a strategic partner of the Union and a NATO ally, bearing a relevant role in the Black Sea area.

The Presidential Administration release reads that the head of state will also refer to developments in the North-Korean case are worrisome and represent a serious threat to global security.

“President Klaus Iohannis will highlight that Romania upholds the efforts of the international community for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Korean Peninsula and that the major objective is the complete, provable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.” shows the release.

On the occasion of the European Council meeting, President Klaus Iohannis wiil attend he European People’s Party (EPP) Summit and meet with EPP President Joseph Daul and EPP Secretary General Antonio Lopez-Isturiz.

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