President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday, in an informal discussion with journalists, that Romania risks being sanctioned by the EU, just like Poland, and “the consequences will match the gravity of the modifications.” He said the effects of the government emergency ordinance (OUG) 13 persist and that abroad it is unclear what Romania wants and it seems it rather wants to take steps back.
“This chaotic and emergency Parliamentarism must stop,” the Head of State said in his informal discussion with journalists.
Journalists asked him why he believes the current ruling majority is in such a hurry to amend the judicial laws, the President pointing out that “the lawbreakers” are panicking a bit.
Klaus Iohannis pointed out he did not believe he should have been more vocal during this period, that he will be later on, and that those affected by these laws should be more vocal now. “I voiced my opinion. I don’t believe repeating it ad infinitum would help,” the President added.
Asked whether he is thinking about the referendum on the judicial system, Iohannis answered affirmatively but added he is saving it “for when the time comes.”
Regarding the hypothesis of blocking the judicial laws by not promulgating them, even at the risk of impeachment, Klaus Iohannis said he does not know whom that would help, except maybe the one who seeks to take his place.
The President did not discuss with the Premier, nor with the Justice Minister, about the judicial laws.
“There is nothing to discuss with the Premier regarding what Parliament is doing. I haven’t talked with the Justice Minister either,” he said.
Asked whether he talked with the representatives of the judicial system, the President said: “I haven’t, the Justice Minister should, but the Justice Minister has other preoccupations than to talk with the representatives of the judicial system about their concerns.”
Klaus Iohannis added that Minister Tudorel Toader is avoiding him. “Wouldn’t it have been normal for him to inform me when he triggered the procedure to modify the judicial laws?” the President added.
The Head of State pointed out there were no other external interventions on the topic of the judicial laws apart from the ones known.
Asked whether Romania risks being sanctioned like Poland, Klaus Iohannis said: “This risk exists. If someone believes the modifications to the judicial laws will have no consequences, that person is out of their depth, and the consequences will match the gravity of the modifications.”
He said the effects of OUG 13 still persist and that abroad it is unclear what Romania wants, it seems it rather wants to take steps back.
Asked for his opinion on the video that PSD Craiova posted on Facebook and then deleted, a video in which policemen were presented as being incompetent, the President said: “If policemen are allegedly incompetent, they should be sent to school, the law shouldn’t be modified.”
On the other hand, the President said a referendum on the adoption of the monarchy is not possible: “Such a referendum cannot be held. I represent the constitutional state, and the deep state cannot hold a referendum on the return to monarchy.” He said he finds very suspicious some people’s affinity for the monarchy at this moment and he does not rule out this being a smokescreen.
The President added he does not expect a political crisis next year but added that the budget bill “has several highly-debatable areas.” “I’ve talked with the Premier before he sent the bill to Parliament, we have been warned by the EC that we have deviated from the MTO, but the budget does not correct the deviation,” Iohannis pointed out.
“For Romania it is more important to join the Euro rather than Schengen”
President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday, at an informal meeting with the press, that for Romania it is much more important to join the Euro Area rather than the Schengen Area, but that economic results are needed to do this.
“For Romania it is more important to join the Euro Area, but we must have economic results,” Klaus Iohannis said when asked joining which Area should be the priority for Romania.
The Head of State added it is not for the President or the National Bank of Romania (BNR) to want to join the Euro Area, but for the Finance Ministry.
“The Finance Ministry is the titular, it should have come from it, it has a different hierarchical boss, I didn’t see the will. There was no such will on the part of Ponta or Ciolos, and I didn’t have time to see it on the part of Grindeanu,” the President added.