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Iohannis: I welcome agreement on 2030 climate goal; Romania makes sure its interests covered

President Klaus Iohannis stated in a message posted on Twitter that he welcomed the agreement on the 2030 climate goal and stressed that Romania’s interests were covered in this area.

“I welcome the agreement on the 2030 climate target. The decision will allow the modernization of the European Union’s economies and the improvement of the lives of European citizens,” the head of state wrote on Friday on the social platform.

He added that “Romania has made sure that its interests are covered, including by maintaining the decision on the national energy mix and the use of gas in the transition process.”

Klaus Iohannis attends the European Council meeting in Brussels. Some of the objectives of this meeting were to reach an agreement on setting a new, more ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, by ‘at least 55%’ compared to 1990.

 

Romania’s President on unblocking of the future budget of the European Union and the economic recovery package after the COVID-19 pandemic: Romania, ready to use these funds

                                                                        

President Klaus Iohannis said on Twitter on Thursday evening about the unblocking of the future budget of the European Union and the economic recovery package after the COVID-19 pandemic, that “Romania is ready to use these funds to reforms and investments in key sectors”.

“Important agreement today by unblocking the future budget of the European Union and the economic recovery package. Romania is ready to use these funds for reforms and investments in key sectors, for the benefit of all Romanians,” the head of state wrote on Twitter.

President Klaus Iohannis is attending the European Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.

The EU leaders, gathered at a summit, on Thursday adopted a compromise on the rule of law that would allow the lifting of Hungarian and Polish vetoes on the budget and unblocking the post-COVID recovery plan, European Council’s President Charles Michel told AFP.

The EU budget 2021-2027 (1.074 billion euros) and the post-COVID relaunch plan (750 billion euros) were adopted in July, but were blocked by Budapest and Warsaw to oppose a mechanism that conditioned access to European funds on observance of rule of law.

The new European conditionality mechanism, adopted by qualified majority following an agreement between the European Parliament and the German presidency of the EU Council, allowed the suspension of European funds in the case of a member state when the European Commission considers that it violates the rule of law, if the member countries approve by qualified majority this measure against that country.

Accusing that this mechanism does not have clear criteria and can be used as an arbitrary political instrument to sanction countries that promote disagreeable policies in Brussels, the Polish and Hungarian governments vetoed on November 16 the EU’s multiannual budget for 2021-2027 (1,074 billion euros) and the “Next Generation” plan, which is based on a 750-billion-euro fund from which member states will access loans and grants.

Via Agerpres

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