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Iohannis on Memorandum regarding Romania’s embassy in Israel: Mistake is made, it must be fixed

“The mistake has been made, now it must be fixed”, said president Klaus Iohannis on Friday in reference to the Memorandum by gov’t regarding the moving of the Romanian embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Asked in Ruse, Bulgaria if he knew what this Memorandum contained, the president answered: “Yes, I know what it says. (…) My opinion remains the same: The gov’t should have not got into a matter that it is the job of the president without talking to the president. The mistake has been made. What we have to do further is fix it, because I have absolutely no interest and Romania as a state has no interest whatsoever to break its very good friendship relationship with Israel, for instance, for some politicians who didn’t understand what their role is.”


“I do not think someone will seriously question existence of rule of law in Romania”


Answering a question, Iohannis stated that he does not believe that Romania will be affected by the conditioning announced by the European Commission regarding the access to European funds on the good functioning of the rule of law.

“I do not think that Romania will be affected by this conditioning, I have no reason to think so, even if there are contradictions even accusations among internal political actors, and a lot of people, including myself, is dissatisfied, for example, with the work the laws of Justice. On the whole, I do not think someone will seriously question the existence of the rule of law in Romania and I hope we will never get there, questioning the rule of law in Romania. It would be a catastrophe,” said Iohannis regarding the European Commission’s proposal to restrict access to EU funds for the member states that breach the rule of law, according to the draft community budget for the period 2021-2027.

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