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Iohannis, in Brussels: Romania desires an agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday that Romania desires an agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom, emphasizing that this is important both for the Romanians living in the United Kingdom, as well as for Romanians companies doing business with this country.

“We desire an agreement, it’s necessary, it’s the best way to guarantee a solid partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom for many years to come and it’s very important for our citizens who live in the United Kingdom, but also for our companies that do business with the United Kingdom,” said Iohannis in Brussels where he participates in the European Council meeting .

He showed that the negotiation of the EU’s agreement with the United Kingdom did not make sufficient progress and emphasized the necessity to accelerate negotiations.

“Right now we have finalized the approval of conclusions on Brexit and things here are still sufficiently complicated. In our opinion, the negotiation of the agreement with the United Kingdom has not made sufficient progress, it’s necessary to accelerate negotiations and it’s obvious that we, the Union, are continuing on the path we’ve started, we remain united, we know what we desire, but, at the same time, we know that we desire an agreement with the United Kingdom. The negotiation team has received encouragement from our side to continue, there are few weeks until the end of the year, when these negotiations must be finalized,” Iohannis said.

The head of state is participating in the meeting of the European Council in Brussels.

I am not willing to accept very ambitious climate targets unconditionally

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that he is willing to accept ambitious climate change combat targets, but not unconditionally.

“We are willing to accept quite ambitious goals, but I am not willing to accept them unconditionally. It is important for us to be able to manage the transition to an ambitious goal, which obviously means choosing ourselves, being allowed to choose our energy mix and it is also very important to be able to choose how we make the transition, what kind of energy we use. For example, for Romania it is very important to use natural gas during the transition phase – for example, the one in the Black Sea. There are conditions that I will clearly express. On the other hand, I am willing to discuss ambitious climate targets, because these things are very important for us, in Romania, for the Romanian society,” Iohannis said in Brussels.

He pointed out that the climate targets being discussed in the European Council are an extremely sensitive subject, but at the same time extremely important.

“It’s about how the European Union will set its ambitions, how good we want to be, how successful we want to be, how we want to take care of the measures we take to reduce the totally unfavorable climate impact that we can all see – storms, excessive heat, excessive winters. It is clear that something needs to be done, there is a lot of discussion, there are proposals for climate targets and now we are actually discussing the target we are setting for 2030. There are proposals from the Commission, there are proposals from the European Parliament. Today we will discuss in depth how we, the leaders of the states, the leaders of the governments, see this issue,” Iohannis explained.

The head of state is attending the European Council meeting in Brussels Thursday through Friday.

The agenda for the meeting includes topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic, future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, and the fight against climate change. At the same time, European leaders will also address issues related to the European Union’s external relations.

Iohannis, after EC President self-isolates: I am in no danger, preventive measures essential

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that he is at no risk after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen went into self isolation, having learned that she had come into contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19; the head of the Romanian state emphasized on this occasion the importance of preventive measures.

“Regrettably, the Commission President went today into self-isolation just short after we greeted at the beginning of the meeting. In my case there is no danger, we kept the distance, we both had masks and Mrs. von der Leyen tested negative this morning. However, I reiterate on this occasion the extraordinary importance of preventive measures. Just think what could have happened if I or Mrs. President hadn’t worn a mask or if we had not kept our distance. The instruments at hand for curbing the spread of this disease are essentially simple, they are at our fingertips: mask-wearing, distancing, hand hygiene, and then we are much, much safer,” Klaus Iohannis said in Brussels.

He once again called on Romanians to comply with the safety rules imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I was very unhappy to read that we had today again over 4,000 infection cases in Romania. Dear Romanians, follow these simple rules so that together we are able to contain the spread of this disease,” Iohannis said.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen left today the European summit less than an hour after the commencement of the meeting, after learning that she had been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, Reuters reports.

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