President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday that his priorities are different now from five years ago, and his ambitions are also “higher.”
“They [the priorities – editor’s note] are different, because my ambitions are also higher and my desire to strengthen, to reform the institutions is higher. I admit, I want more for the Romanians and for Romania. That’s why, I would say that yes, this is going to be a more intense tenure, with significant results,” said Iohannis, in a press statement he made at the Cotroceni Palace.
“Early elections are a good solution, it’s too early to speak of a date”
The Head of State also stated on Tuesday that early polls are “a good solution,” but it’s too early now to speak of an actual date.
“Early polls are a good solution and a desirable one. But it’s too early now to speak of a date. The political parties are reorganising, at this point and we need to have patience for things to settle down. I will resume talks with the political parties and then I will decide to what extent early polls could be organised sooner,” stated President Iohannis at the Cotroceni Palace.
Intelligence services to receive more funds to operate year long
He specified that the intelligence services will get money at the budget revision otherwise “they cannot continue to operate throughout the year.”
Asked, at the end of an event that took place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, if the budget revision also implies additional appropriations for the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) and the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) budgets, Iohannis confirmed that this will be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT).
“And to discuss these issues a CSAT opinion is needed. They are non-significant corrections, but they are necessary to simply cover the personnel expenses, otherwise they cannot continue throughout the year. And these things will be solved quickly,” said Iohannis.
“There is a proposal for Chief of General Defence Staff to be analyzed by CSAT on Wednesday”
He also announced that a proposal for Chief of the General Defence Staff is going to be analyzed by the Supreme Council for Country Defence (CSAT) at this forum’s Wednesday meeting.
Asked if there were any proposals made for Chief of the General Defence Staff, Iohannis said: “Yes, there is a proposal and it’s going to be analyzed tomorrow.”
“I also want that we make a decision in the CSAT, to continue with a professional and high-performing team,” added the President.
The office of Chief of the General Defence Staff has become empty after General Nicolae Ciuca got discharged, in the context in which he became a Minister of Defence in the Orban Government.
Discussions with political leaders on additional seats for MPs representing overseas Romanians
President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that he will have discussions with political leaders, with parties, to increase the number of parliamentarians representing the diaspora.
Asked if changes have to be made so that overseas Romanians are better represented in Parliament, Iohannis said: “Certainly so.”
“During this presidential election I had some of the most pleasant surprises in terms of overseas voting. A record number was set in the first round, and a new record was set in the runoff as well. And, as Romania already has basically a million voters overseas, I want them to be much better represented in Parliament, and I will have discussions with political leaders and parties to increase the number of seats for MPs to represent the overseas voters, because they have become very active, which makes us glad,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.