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President Iohannis participates in the meeting of the European Council in Brussels: Eurozone budget not an issue provided fault line is not created between Eurozone and non-Eurozone states. Migration must be controlled, we must strengthen security at EU external borders

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday that his message at the European Council summit will focus on the Eurozone budget and will convey the idea that the creation of a fault line between Eurozone and non-Eurozone member states must be prevented.

“We are starting today a complicated session of the Council, a session called the summer Council. We have a very rich agenda with topics that interest us a lot. The immigration topic has returned, it is highly debated, however we also have topics such as PESCO, very important topics. The known topics, such as Brexit and the multiannual financial framework. We also have discussions about the Eurozone and many other topics on our agenda today and tomorrow. Here we must be very careful, and this is what I intend to tell my colleagues. A Eurozone budget is not problematic provided a fault line is not created between Eurozone and non-Eurozone countries. This budget also includes funds for the development of countries that are not yet in the Eurozone. If they contain the component for programmes meant for non-Eurozone countries, then it will be quickly discussed. If the fault line deepens, more talks will be needed,” President Klaus Iohannis stated before taking part in the European Council summit in Brussels.

The Head of State added that the topic of migration will also be tackled during the summit, and his message will be the strengthening of control on the EU’s external borders.

“We want a solution that strengthens control on migration. Migration must be controlled. We must consolidate security on the external borders of the Union. We must channel the entire migratory flux, all migrants must be registered, and those who are not refugees and should not necessarily benefit from protection can be sent back home. Reception centres outside Europe are also a solution. We must decide once and for all. The more we delay the harder it will be to control the process,” Iohannis added.

President Klaus Iohannis is taking part in the European Council summit in Brussels on June 28-29, economic topics concerning employment, economic growth, competitiveness, digital domain, migration, the future budget of the post-2020 EU being on the agenda of the talks, the Presidency informs.

“The agenda of the talks includes themes that concern the European defence policy, economic topics concerning employment, economic growth, competitiveness, digital domain, innovation and trade, migration, the future budget of the post-2020 European Union, as well as aspects concerning the Union’s foreign relations. Moreover, the latest developments registered in the process of United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union will also be tackled,” the Presidency pointed out in a communique issued on Tuesday.

 

Migration must be controlled, we must strengthen security at EU external borders

 

 

Migration must be controlled and security at the European Union’s external borders must be strengthened, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday in Brussels.

“Migration must be controlled. We must consolidate security at the external border of the Union. We must direct the migration flow, all migrants must be registered and those who are not refugees and should not necessarily benefit from protection be sent home,” Iohannis stated before participating in the European Council meeting in Brussels.

The head of state was asked whether Romania upholds Italy’s position with regard to migration and the establishment of centres for taking refugees outside the European Union.

“The issue of refugee camps outside of Europe is matter that has been discussed before. (…) Those hot-spots, which have never really worked well, have been discussed. So there might be solutions, but we need to decide once and for all what we are going to do, because migration will continue and the longer we delay making firm, clear decisions, the more difficult it will be to handle the process,” Iohannis said.

At the same time, the president specified that this meeting of the European Council is a “complicated” one.

“We are starting today a complicated session of the Council, a session called the summer Council. We have a very rich agenda, with topics that interest us very much. The migration topic is back, it is highly debated, but we have themes such as PESCO, common defence which to us it is also very important. We have the already known topics, such as Brexit. We will certainly talk about the multiannual financial framework, so about the budget. There is also a discussion about the euro zone and that already famous euro zone budget and many more topics which feature on our agenda today and tomorrow,” Iohannis showed.

 

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