The success of finalizing the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) must be completed this year with Romania’s well-deserved accession to Schengen, as Romania is ready from all points of view and steps will be taken at all levels to obtain a favourable decision, President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday, at the annual meeting with heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Romania.
“At European level, I have confidence that 2023 will be a benchmark for a stronger and more resilient European Union, a union of values capable to project stability and ready to face challenges of the current future. I wish success to the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and we hail its commitment to get involved in protecting the democratic values and the rule of law, to which Romania itself is deeply attached,” the president stated at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He added that Romania is an important part of the solution to the security challenges.
“The success of finalizing the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism in 2022 must be completed this year with the well-deserved accession to Schengen, because Romania is ready from all points of view. Romania’s place and of its citizens is in Schengen. I thank all the states which endorsed us and we are counting on your support and I further reaffirm in this context, too, that we will take all the steps that concern us in all areas and at all levels so that Romania obtains a favourable decision for the accession to the Schengen area. Romania is certainly an important part of the solution to the security challenges we are confronted with at European level, we have contributed and are consistently contributing to strengthening the Union’s security,” the head of state underscored.
We exemplarily handled unprecedented situation at the EU and NATO border
President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday that Romania exemplarily handled the unprecedented situation at the EU and NATO border generated by the war in Ukraine provoked by the Russian Federation, showing that Romania’s profile has grown exponentially.
“We handled exemplarily, I would say, through a multidimensional response an unprecedented situation at the EU and NATO border and Romania’s profile has grown exponentially at regional, European and global level,” the head of state said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, at the annual meeting with heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Romania.
Romania will continue to take the necessary steps to make sure that the country’s diversified energy mix and low-cost technologies are reflected in the public’s final bills
President Klaus Iohannis also said on Tuesday that energy security is a priority of the European Union and that Romania will continue to take the necessary steps to make sure that the country’s diversified energy mix and low-cost technologies are reflected in the public’s final bills.
“As well as strengthening the security dimension, the European Union needs solutions to secure competitiveness, a solid industrial base, the green transition and the digital transition. Energy security remains a priority. In 2023, Romania will continue to take the necessary steps to make sure that the diversified energy mix and low-cost technologies are reflected in the final bills of the public,” Iohannis told an annual meeting with heads of accredited diplomatic missions in Romania.
He added that there is an increased interest of the Black Sea countries in strengthening connectivity, with beneficial effects both regionally and Europe-wise, an eloquent example being a four-party agreement between Romania, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Hungary signed in Bucharest last month in the presence of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
“The agreement is an important step in completing the project for a submarine cable for the transmission of electricity from renewable sources under the Black Sea. It is also an example of a European project that can contribute to our common resilience,” added the president.
Iohannis said that these are priority themes for Romania, along with the highest possible level of investment under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and through the traditional European funds essential for the country’s economic growth.
“In 2022 alone, over 11 billion euros entered the Romanian economy through these funds. Our resilience does not only mean security in a broader sense, but also a solid economy, oriented towards the future and capable of overcoming any possible shocks,” Iohannis pointed out.
Romania will ensure commitments to strengthen NATO’s Eastern Flank; Defence budget increased
President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday that Romania will further ensure the fulfillment of the commitments in the direction of a strengthened posture on the Eastern Flank of NATO, it will promote the strategic importance of the Black Sea and will continue to endorse the Alliance’s open doors policy, mentioning that Romania has already increased this year the Defence budget from 2pct to 2.5pct of the GDP.
“At NATO level, we will seek to fully implement the decisions of the Summit in Madrid, in parallel with the corresponding preparation of the Summit in Vilnius. We will ensure the fulfillment of our national commitments, in a tight coordination with our allies, in the direction of a strengthened posture on the Eastern Flank. Moreover, we will further promote the strategic importance of the Black Sea and we will continue to support NATO’s open doors policy. As I have said, defence starts from home. This is why, Romania increased, as of this year, the budget dedicated to Defence from 2pct to 2.5pct of the Gross Domestic Product,” the head of state conveyed at the annual meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Romania.
The president mentioned that 2023 will also be an important year for the further development of Romania’s Strategic Partnership with the US.
“The developments of 2022 have created an extensive and pragmatic agenda in view of the next round of Strategic Dialogue between Romania and the US, scheduled to take place in Bucharest, this spring,” Iohannis added.
The head of state said that in 2023 our country will deepen the bilateral relations with European partners, especially with the strategic ones or with strategic relevance: France, Germany, Spain Italy, the UK, Poland, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal, Belgium, Hungary and the Baltic states.
“Moreover, we will continue to develop the cooperation relations with our strategic partners in the South Caucasus – Georgia and Azerbaijan – and we will act in view of revitalizing the traditional relations with Armenia. The Three Seas Initiative will be at the core of our demarches at European and regional level. This year, we’ll host for the second time, on behalf of Romania, the Initiative’s Summit. We want to reconfirm the Initiative as a mature political platform, which generates investments and strategic interconnection on the North-South axis and connectivity with the Initiative’s partners,” Iohannis highlighted.
Compiled from Agerpres