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President Iohannis takes part in European Council summit in Brussels

President Klaus Iohannis will take 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 points out in a communique issued on Tuesday.

Regarding the European defence policy, the Head of State will refer to the importance of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) and will express Romania’s support for the initiatives developed by NATO and the EU, meant to improve military mobility.

Regarding the talks on economic topics, Klaus Iohannis will talk about the need to implement the reforms meant to enhance the resilience of the member states’ economies and will emphasise the importance given to research and innovation as key elements for the competitiveness of the European Union.

According to the mentioned source, at the European Council summit President Iohannis will plead for the maintaining of an attractive climate for investments within the European Union, pointing out that Romania supports a fair and efficient corporate taxation system adapted to new business models, against the backdrop of the digitalisation of the economy.

“In the trade domain, Romania remains a strong supporter of the rules-based multilateral system established within the World Trade Organisation. Regarding the future budget of the post-2020 Union, the Romanian President will plead for the completion of negotiations as rapidly as possible, but also for the need to identify balanced solutions acceptable for all member states,” reads the Presidency’s communique.

The Head of State will also point out that the management of migration flows remains a priority of the European Union and of its member states, so that “the consolidation of protection on the external borders of the Union is necessary, and will stress the need for the member states’ collective effort to identify dialogue with the countries of origin and transit.”

Last but not least, during the talks on Brexit, President Klaus Iohannis will reiterate the importance of maintaining the EU’s unitary and coherent voice in the process of negotiation with the British side, in order to obtain an agreement that is equitable for all sides.

“For Romania, the priority is the protection of the rights and interests of its citizens in the United Kingdom. Consequently, the Romanian side will seek that the provisions of the Withdrawal Accord contain all relevant aspects agreed upon during the first phase of the negotiations,” according to the mentioned source.

Iohannis will take part, on Friday, in the Euro Summit in extended format.

“During the summit, President Klaus Iohannis will emphasise that for our country, as a state that wants to join the Euro Area as soon as possible, the consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union has a major importance. The Romanian President will point out that the decisions in this domain are very important for the future of the European Union as a whole and, consequently, that he supports keeping the debates in an extended format, including with the participation of member states that are not yet part of the Euro Area,” according to the mentioned source.

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