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At special EU Council meeting, President Iohannis highlights strengthened internal market’s role as driver of EU strategic autonomy

Attending the special European Council meeting in Brussels on October 1 – 2, President Klaus Iohannis argued that a strengthened internal market is intended to increase the Union’s strategic autonomy and reduce dependence on third parties, a statement from the Presidential Administration informs.

“In the context of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU leaders had a substantial discussion on the need to maintain an effective coordination at European level in terms of health measures, access to medicines and obtaining a vaccine as soon as possible, preserving the functionality of the internal market and national economies. During the debates on the Single Market, President Klaus Iohannis said that a strengthened internal market is meant to increase the Union’s strategic autonomy and reduce its dependence on third parties. The President of Romania remarked that strategic autonomy implies in the first place a fully functional Single Market, free of barriers and obstacles, with a solid industrial base and a strong digital economy,” the release states.

In order to strengthen the Single Market, President Iohannis emphasized the need for the widest possible development of the physical and digital infrastructure, as essential for increasing the level of convergence and cohesion between member states.

“As regards the green and digital transition, the President of Romania said that, given the scale of the necessary systemic transformations that require massive investment, specific support must be provided for this double transformation of member states’ economies. In this context, the President reaffirmed Romania’s support for the EU-wide digital transformation, and also emphasized the role of the Single Market’s social dimension in managing the developments caused by the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release shows.

The President of Romania underlined the importance of “a pragmatic approach focused on clear objectives, dialogue and cooperation, but also on the firm support for the European principles and values,” advocating further efforts for ensuring a high level of ambition of the 2025 EU – China Strategic Cooperation Agenda and of the EU – China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment.

Iohannis hails at European Council start of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey

President Klaus Iohannis, present on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, in the extraordinary meeting of the European Council, reaffirmed solidarity with Greece and Cyprus and hailed the announcement regarding the start of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey, pleading for the finding of solutions through dialogue, shows a release sent by the Presidential Administration.

“President Klaus Iohannis appreciated the intense diplomatic efforts conducted by the President of the European Council and the German Presidency of the Council of the EU in view of defusing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, efforts resulting with promising preliminary results in what regards dialogue between sides. The President of Romania reaffirmed solidarity with Greece and Cyprus and hailed the announcement regarding the start of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey, pleading for the finding of solutions, through dialogue, to the current situation. Furthermore, President Klaus Iohannis emphasized the necessity of a balanced and constructive approach of EU-Turkey relations, as well as the opportunity of an extended cooperation with Ankara, given the multitude of mutual interest topics,” the release mentions.

In what regards the situation in Belarus, President Iohannis reiterated his “profound preoccupation regarding the disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters, the limiting of fundamental rights and illegal detentions.” The President appreciated the will of the Belarusian people in fighting for their legitimate rights, emphasizing that “the elections were neither free, nor fair”. In equal measure, President Iohannis showed that supporting civil society and independent media is necessary and “expressed support for the immediate adoption of substantial sanctions” against the Minsk regime.

Referring to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, President Iohannis said that it represents a flagrant violation of international law, supporting the start, at once, by the Russian Federation, of an impartial, ample and transparent investigation in view of bringing to justice those responsible, the quoted source also mentions.

In regards to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, “the President of Romania reiterated his appeal to de-escalate the conflict and the resumption of political dialogue in view of identifying peaceful solutions, in accordance with international law. Furthermore, President Klaus Iohannis expressed support for the activity of the Minsk Group and supported a more active role of the European Union in solving the crisis,” the release shows.

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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