President Klaus Iohannis said in Brussels on Friday that Romania is currently well and successfully involved in the management of the migration flows.
“We are now well and successfully involved in the management of the migration flows. We must recognise that we are not a destination country, we are a transit country, but the number of migrants transiting Romania is reasonable and manageable to us (…) we have had no problems with managing the migration flow and I think we will continue to do so,” said Iohannis, who attended a European summit in Brussels on Friday.
At the same time, he said that the first day of the meeting in Brussels had reached a reasonable agreement on migration.
“We have reached (…) a reasonably good agreement on migration. In essence, the most important progress has been made by understanding that we have found solutions for a new step towards solving, managing migration. We have to say, in particular it is about the Mediterranean area, but the conclusions are generally valid. I find it important: 1 – that we have found understanding and found common conclusions, 2 – that we have stipulated that we should start an intense collaboration and we believe fruitful with international organizations on the subject,” said Iohannis.
At the same time, Iohannis pointed out that it was important that it was accepted that solutions could also be found outside the EU.
“It seemed important to me that we all accepted, perhaps for the first time in this form, that solutions can also be found outside the European Union and the idea of new reception centres for migrants, where they will be registered, and triaged, centres that will operate on a volunteer basis, and migrants arriving at these centres will be redistributed, also on a voluntary basis; so this is some progress. And we have seen together that the agreement with Turkey was a good one and will be continued. I think this agreement deserved the many hours of the night that we used to complete this agreement,” Iohannis said.
He said on Friday Brexit discussions will also be held.
“There is on today’s agenda, in the 27 format, talks on Brexit, on Article 50, but we do not expect any surprises, because the progress made since the last meeting is rather modest so we wait for further unblocking especially on Northern Ireland and future relations. And we will have a wide-ranging discussion on the euro area and the Eurozone budget, “Iohannis said.
“We want to facilitate talks on European financial framework, so that negotiations be concluded before parliamentary elections”
President Klaus Iohannis affirmed on Friday in Brussels that Romania’s ambition regarding the multiannual financial framework is to facilitate talks, so that negotiations be concluded before the parliamentary elections.
“Our ambition is to facilitate talks o that, if possible, we finalise negotiations on multiannual financial framework before the parliamentary elections. It is, of course, an extremely ambitious objective and we cannot solve alone this issue but we are willing to get involved with all the necessary resources to achieve this objective, if we find understanding with all partners,” Iohannis said on Friday at the meeting of the European Council in Brussels.
The head of state was asked which is Romania’s ambition with regard to the multiannual financial framework under discussion at the European Council and that will be an important file when our country takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
At the same time, asked whether he is satisfied with way our country is prepared in taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Iohannis affirmed: “Things are going well, in terms of logistics, they are going well.”
Romania’s President on European leader Tusk’s statements on the US: We are not so pessimistic
President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that at a security session at the European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday he voiced himself in favour of the transatlantic relationship being strengthened, saying that it he is not as pessimistic as President of the European Council Donald Tusk about the EU-US relationship.
“We are not as pessimistic as Mr Tusk; I do not know why he is so pessimistic. Yesterday as well, at the security session, I made it clear – and I was not alone – that we have to strengthen the transatlantic relationship. I underlined the importance of this relationship, the importance of the relationship between NATO and the European Union. And [NATO Secretary General] Stoltenberg was perfectly right to stress that the transatlantic relationship is not a singular thread, because it has many threads, and sometimes some weaken and others are strengthen,” said Iohannis upon arriving in Brussels for the European summit.
At the same time, Iohannis said that over the past year and a half, US funds for armed forces in Europe have increased by 40pct. “So it is clear that the security relationship is undergoing a continuous consolidation,” he said.
Iohannis was asked for a take on Tusk recently saying that the European Union should prepare for the worst in dealing with the US, and whether he feels there are real reasons for concern in this respect.
European Council President Donald Tusk warned on Wednesday, the day before the summit, that a precondition for a genuine EU migration policy is that Europeans effectively decide who enters European territory; ‘failure to achieve this goal would in fact be a manifestation of our weakness, and above all, it could create the impression that Europe does not have an external border.’
In an invitation letter to the 28 EU heads of state or government, Tusk said that “the debate on migration is becoming increasingly heated, and it is set to be the main point on the agenda.”
“When discussing migration or eurozone reform, it is important to keep in mind the geopolitical context that followed the G7 summit in Canada, where the US suddenly rejected a joint negotiated effort,” he explained.
“Despite our tireless efforts to keep the unity of the West, transatlantic relations are under immense pressure due to the policies of President Trump. Unfortunately, the divisions go beyond trade. I will share with you my political assessment of where things stand. It is my belief that, while hoping for the best, we must be ready to prepare our Union for worst-case scenarios,” Tusk says in his letter.