President Iohannis attends European Council reunion Thursday through Friday, EPP summit

President Klaus Iohannis will attend Thursday through Friday the reunion of the European Council, due in Brussels, a release by the Presidential Administration informs.

According to the communique, in reference to commerce and the recent measures announced by the US President Donald Trump to impose duties on steel and aluminum imports, Klaus Iohannis will highlight the importance of free trade and the fact that protectionist measures are not such as to back global economic development.

President Iohannis will stress that Romania upholds the acceleration of negotiations with the Union’s two important commercial partners, Mexico and MERCOSUR, respectively with a view to agreeing upon some ambitious and balanced accords based on mutual benefits in the forthcoming period, and which must yet reflect very clearly the interests of all the member states.

The source also informs that in reference to the European Semester, the president will hail the maintaining of the three action priorities in unfolding this process in 2018, the investment boosting, the furthering of the structural reforms’ implementation and the guarantee of certain fiscal and budget responsible policies, respectively.

“President Klaus Iohannis will stress the importance given at European level to the enhancement process of Europe’s social dimension, showing that the enforcement of the social Pillar must be a process based on cohesion and observance of the fundamental principles and values of the Union. The Union’s Action in the social field must be proportional and consider the differences of development among the member states,” the release adds.

As regards the debate on taxation, the Romanian President will say that global coordination is necessary and our country is backing the actions of increasing the fiscal transparency and of combating fraud and tax evasion. In this context, it is important to continue the promotion of the fiscal transparency standards internationally.

“President Klaus Iohannis will emphasise that Romania advocates a tighter, post-Brexit partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom, a partnership to include a cooperation in both the economic and commercial fields, as well as in many other domains, such as security, defence and foreign policy,” the Presidential Administration says.

On the occasion of the European Council meeting, President Iohannis will also attend the Summit of the European People’s Party.

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