President Klaus Iohannis attended the informal meeting of the European Council and the European Union (EU) – Western Balkans Summit in Brdo, Slovenia, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The main topic of discussion at the European Council meeting was the global role of the European Union. In this context, the situation in Afghanistan, the security agreement between the USA, Great Britain and Australia (AUKUS), as well as the relations between the European Union and China were discussed.
European leaders stressed the European Union’s strong support for the multilateral system and the rules-based international order. In this context, the commitment to cooperate closely with the states that share the same value system, especially the USA, and within NATO, which is the basic pillar of ensuring European security, was reiterated. Heads of state and government have shown that, amid recent crises, the EU needs to strengthen its resilience, especially in areas such as energy, the digital sector, cybersecurity, industrial policy and trade, as well as semiconductors.
According to the Presidential Administration, the head of state referred to the need to strengthen the global role of the European Union, which remains an essential strategic objective for the coming years. In this context, President Iohannis mentioned the importance of ensuring the stability, security and resilience of the European Union, as well as the essential role of the transatlantic relationship, as part of the same community of values.
He also recalled the need to capitalize on the Union’s strategic partnerships in order to best meet the EU’s global needs.
Another topic addressed by European leaders was energy prices.
“President Klaus Iohannis stressed the need to find urgent solutions at European level,” the Presidential Administration said.
Following the request of President Iohannis and other leaders, the Presidential Administration states, this topic will be discussed in detail at the European Council meeting on October 21-22, based on proposals made by the European Commission.