President Klaus Iohannis is to meet on Wednesday, in Brussels, with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the Presidential Administration announces on Friday.
The president’s visit to Brussels takes place upon the invite addressed to him in December 2017 by the President of the European Commission. After the meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, president Klaus Iohannis will meet with members of the Commission’s College.
According to the Presidential Administration, on this occasion, the topics that will be dealt with will be related to the preparation of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, as well as topical subjects of the European agenda mainly aiming the strengthening process of the EU. The agenda also features the negotiations regarding the new, post 2020, financial framework of the EU, the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union, the Union’s external and internal security and aspects related to the Union’s foreign relations, with a focus on the expansion process and the eastern vicinity.
The situation in Romania regarding the modifications brought to the legislative framework regarding the judiciary and the fight against corruption will also be discussed.
“President Klaus Iohannis will underscore, during meetings, Romania’s strong commitment to contribute to the strengthening of the European design as well as our country’s attachment to the principles and values on which the Union is based. Moreover, he will show that Romania’s Presidency at the EU’s Council will have a balanced and objective approach, in the Union’s interest and the member states, meant to contribute to the advancement of the European integration process,” the Presidential Administration release reads.
President Iohannis will also be meeting with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, their discussion being to revolve around the agenda of the informal meeting of the European Council of 23 February, and the negotiations on the EU’s future budget post 2020 and institutional aspects respectively.
At the end of the Brussels visit, president Klaus Iohannis will have a meeting with the Chairman of the European Popular Party group, Joseph Daul.
Deputies’ Chamber Speaker Dragnea announces he will present “a lie” officially conveyed to the European Commission
Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea on Friday announced he will present “a lie” that was officially conveyed to the European Commission.
When asked, before the meeting of the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the PSD, what was his opinion about the fact that in the recent time the European Commission and the European officials say they are very well informed about the situation in Romania, Dragnea replied: “I have a very good opinion. For instance, we are going to present in the next days a lie officially sent from here and I think that it is good they know it. I believe that, what is important for us and for the Commission, as we also said in the letter that we sent (to the EC – editor’s note) is to have a relation based on cooperation and accurate information.”
The PSD leader said he had no clue whether the future report on the Mechanism of Verification and Cooperation will reflect the recent misunderstandings existing between Romania and the European Commission with respect to the Justice laws, the Criminal Code and the ministers facing legal issues.
The European Commission on Wednesday declared itself concerned about the recent developments in Romania and asked the Parliament in Bucharest to reconsider changes in the justice field.
“We are watching with much concern what is happening in Romania right now. The independence of the Romanian judiciary and its capacity to efficiently fight corruption represent the foundation stones for a strong Romania in the European Union,” shows a joint statement of the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and of the First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.
After this, Speaker of the Deputies Chamber and of PSD, Liviu Dragnea, and Senate Speaker and President of ALDE (Alliance of Democratic Liberals), Calin Popescu Tariceanu, sent a common letter to the officials of the European Commission showing, among other things, that they are concerned of the “incorrect manner” in which the Commission was informed “with respect to the transparence of the debate on justice in Romania.”
In this document, Dragnea and Tariceanu explained that the drafting and examination of the draft laws observed all constitutional exigencies and that they also took into account the recommendations of the European Commission from the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification with respect to the independence and reform of the judiciary.
Juncker, Timmermans express concern over developments in Romania, ask the Parliament to rethink changes to laws governing the judiciary. Reactions from Bucharest. Dragnea and Tariceanu: Concerns voiced by the EC are at least surprising