President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday, at the end of the informal Summit in Sibiu, hailed the fact that Romania is sending a positive, unitary message of the member states to strengthen the EU based on a clear set of principles and values.
“Romania, as a country currently exercising the Presidency of the Council of EU and as a member state deeply invested in the strengthening of the European project became today the centre of the debate on the future of the EU. Europe has come to Romania. This is, historically, the first meeting of the European Council Romania has got a chance to host. Today’s discussions made us stronger in believing that we can write the future of the European Union together. We wished – and now we can finally say that we did it – to have a summit of unity, where to show our determination to continue with the advancement of the project of European integration as a democratic project like there was no other before, a project of peace and prosperity, a project of stability both internally and externally, with our neighbours. I am glad that Romania is sending a positive, unitary message to the member states and the European institutions to strengthen EU based on a clear set of principles and values,” stated Iohannis, at the press conference he held jointly with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
He voiced hope that the Declaration adopted at the Sibiu Summit will remain one of significance in the EU history.
“According to what we agreed two years ago on the occasion of the celebration in Rome of the 60th anniversary since the signing of the treaties, the most important message of the Sibiu Declaration, I would say the spirit from Sibiu, is the confirmation of our will to continue the European project together. We are sending thus a message of political will of unitary action on May 9, Europe Day. I congratulate you on Europe Day. I hope with all my heart that this political message will reach to as many Europeans as possible and increase citizens’ trust in the force of EU, while they are convinced EU is working for them, for the citizens,” Iohannis said.
The head of state pointed out that the principles and objectives in the Declaration are about the strengthening of the European unity.
He spoke about the future Strategic Agenda, which will focus on an Europe of growth and convergence, the strengthening of the Single Market, the strengthening of the internal security of the EU and ensuring an efficient external action.
“In an always changing European and global context, in Romania’s opinion, it is important that the future strategic agenda offers a common understanding of the priority objectives that we must focus on, while offering at the same time to the Union the flexibility of our instruments and resources to reach them,” Iohannis said, also underscoring the need for a stronger and more efficient Union.
Tusk wants to nominate the new EU leadership in June, announces meeting with EU leaders on May 28
European Council President Donald Tusk said in Sibiu on Thursday that he wants to nominate the new EU leadership in June, having announced that, in this respect, he would convene a meeting with the EU leaders on 28 May, right after the elections to the European Parliament.
“I would like to announce that, just after the European Parliament elections, on 28th May, I will call a meeting of all 28 EU leaders, in order to start the nomination process. My intention is to carry out the election of heads of EU institutions in a swift, smooth and effective manner,” he said in the joint press conference held with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and President Klaus Iohannis.
Tusk added that these nominations “should reflect geographical balance as well as demography, so that both large and smaller countries are represented in the highest positions in the EU.”
He mentioned the balance of gender as well as the political one.
“The spirit of the Treaty is also important when it comes to gender as well as political balance. Of course it would be best if we managed to reach consensus on all these decisions. But we have to be realistic. I will not shy away from putting these decisions to the vote, if consensus proves difficult to achieve,” Donald Tusk pointed out.
The aim of these decisions, the European Council President said, is to create effective institutions and swift decisions.
“My intention is for the European Council to nominate the new EU leadership in June. I call on everyone to live up to their responsibility to make this possible,” Tusk said.
“EU stands united behind Cyprus, expects Turkey to respect sovereign rights of EU member states”
The European Union stands united behind the Republic of Cyprus and expects Turkey to respect sovereign rights of the EU member states, European Council President Donald Tusk stated on Thursday, when referring to Turkey’s intentions to start drilling activities in the Mediterranean Sea.
“The European Council will continue to follow these developments closely,” Tusk stated.
In a message published on Friday by the NAVTEX international maritime messaging service, the Turkish authorities announced their intention to start gas drilling operations until September in a portion of the Mediterranean Sea which – according to the Cypriot media – enters the exclusive economic area of Cyprus.
” I simply fell in love with Sibiu”
He stated that he fell in love with this city which hosted the informal summit of the EU heads of state and government.
“I simply fell in love with Sibiu,” Tusk stated in Romanian, at the joint press conference held with President Kalus Iohannis and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
In the beginning of his speech, Donald Tusk showed the gloves he received from Helmut Duckadam, which he mentioned in the speech he delivered in Bucharest in January, when Romania took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“When we met in January, I spoke out of my heart about Romania, because I am convinced that you are remarkable. You have organised an exceptional summit,” Tusk added in Romanian.
EC’s Juncker: Sibiu Summit shows unity, not just for show, but a solid one
The Sibiu Summit showed unity not just for show, but a solid unity, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a joint press conference held with European Council President Donald Tusk and President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday.
He confessed that he wanted to make the participants in the informal summit of heads of state and government to fall in love with Sibiu.
Juncker said that it was a Council meeting which showed unity not just for show, but a solid one.
Juncker made a brief review of the economic developments in the European Union and concluded that saying that everything is going wrong wouldn’t be exact, preferring to rather say that everything is well, but not complete.