President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday said that joining the Schengen Area “remains a major political goal for Romania,” although the health crisis has seriously affected the Area.
“With regard to Schengen, in the context of the health crisis and the measures taken by some Member States, the functionality of the Schengen area has obviously been seriously affected. However, accession to the Schengen Area remains a major political objective for Romania and is part of the commitment that our country has assumed through the Treaty of Accession to the EU,” said the head of state at the debate “Let’s talk about the future of Europe,” in which he participated online.
Moreover, he underlined that “Romania meets the necessary criteria for over ten years, being an example in terms of ensuring security for the European Union.”
“We hope that our consistent efforts will be recognized soon and a solution to complete the process will be found in a timely manner. At the same time, joining the Eurozone is one of Romania’s key medium-term goals,” he said.
According to Iohannis, “Romania’s membership in both the Schengen Area and the Eurozone is an important step in consolidating our participation in the essence of the European project.”
“The effects of the pandemic crisis have shown certain shortcomings in areas where further efforts are needed to have better mechanisms in both Schengen and the Eurozone. From this perspective, Romania intends to play an active role in all efforts to in order to solve these problems,” the President also said.
The debate, which was also attended by the President of the EPP Group, Manfred Weber, and the MEP Siegfried Mureriedan, was organized by the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament.
We need to strengthen the resilience of the European Union
The level of development between the member states of the European Union is unequal, President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday, calling for “a medium and long-term vision for the European Union”.
“The dialogue on the future of Europe will have to provide a medium- and long-term vision for the European Union. We need to strengthen the resilience of the European Union, increasing its capacity not only to manage emergencies, but also to adapt and drive reforms to allow us all to be prepared for the opportunities and challenges of the future. But we are not starting from scratch in this endeavor,” he said at the “Let’s talk – Future of Europe” online debate organized by the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament.
In this sense, he appreciated that a basis is reflected in the Strategic Agenda of the European Union 2019-2024.
In his opinion, the conference on the Future of Europe “should give citizens the opportunity to show where they consider the actions of the European Union as important for their lives” and mentioned the 10 commitments in the Sibiu Declaration, after the 2019 Summit.
The head of state stressed that “we must not forget that within the European Union the level of development between member states and regions is unequal, thus requiring a sustained effort to ensure that the future will lead to more cohesion, rather than deepening the gaps.”
Thus, he appreciated that “the strategic resilience of the Union must start as an internal process of transformation and construction” and in the long run the resilience “must be strengthened by taking decisions that will limit the dependencies of the European Union”.