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President Iohannis: The accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen Area will contribute in an essential way to strengthening the resilience of the European Union

President Klaus Iohannis stated, on Tuesday, that the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen Area will contribute in an essential way to consolidating the Single Market and strengthening the resilience of the European Union in its entirety.

The head of state had tete-a-tete talks and official talks with his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen Radev, who  was conducting a working visit to Romania.

“We have also approached the objective of our countries with regard to advancing the accession to the Schengen Area. Our accession will contribute essentially to the consolidation of the Single Market and increasing the resilience of the Union in its entirety, which is all the more necessary in the current context, marked by multiple crises. The measures adopted by the Romanian authorities in managing the border in the current context of the refugee flow from Ukraine have proven, once more, that Romania is efficiently applying the common standards that regard the Schengen acquis,” Klaus Iohannis said, during the joint press conference with the Bulgarian President.

President Iohannis said that he agreed with President Radev to maintain close coordination on the matter in the coming period.

 

Iohannis: We believe that by spring’s end we will have good conclusions regarding NATO battle group in Romania

 

President Klaus Iohannis also declared on Tuesday that at the level of the North-Atlantic Alliance there are technical talks regarding establishing an allied battle group in Romania, showing that by the end of spring there could be good conclusions regarding this.

“We, Romania and Bulgaria, are collaborating very closely and well regarding joint defence and NATO. You probably remember that Bulgaria plays a very important role within the multi-national Brigade, we have had a very good understanding on this topic since the beginning. There are now talks about forming a battle group, which represents a permanent NATO presence in Romania and it is known that France declared to become a framework-nation for this battle group. There are technical talks within NATO on this topic and we believe that by the end of spring we will have good conclusions regarding the battle group, and then we can make several public statements on this topic,” Klaus Iohannis specified at Cotroceni Palace, during the joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen Radev, on a working visit in Romania.

Iohannis highlighted that it is important for Romania and Bulgaria to have a solid air police and a solid air defence.

The head of state reminded that within the Supreme Council for Country’s Defence (CSAT), the acquisition of F16 aircraft was approved, most of them already being in Romania.

“Another part are already negotiated and will arrive shortly,” he said.

The president also highlighted the good cooperation with Bulgaria regarding the air police, adding that “We do not intend to leave a part of the Eastern Flank uncovered”.

 

Presidents Iohannis, Radev discuss diversification of energy sources and transport routes

 

The Presidents of Romania and Bulgaria Klaus Iohannis and Rumen Radev discussed on Tuesday the diversification of energy sources and transport routes amid efforts to reduce energy reliance on the Russian Federation.

“With the mounting need to reduce energy reliance on the Russian Federation, we discussed the diversification of energy sources and transport routes. We also emphasized the importance of the speedy commissioning of the Bulgaria-Greece interconnector. Once completed, this can be connected to the already operational BRUA pipeline for the key important Vertical Gas Corridor to become operational,” President Iohannis told a joint press conference delivered with his Bulgarian counterpart at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

 

Compiled from  Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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