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President Tajani: President Iohannis put forward a clear vision for Romania, as a key player in building a more effective Europe

Press Release

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, received the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, today in Strasbourg in the framework of his initiative to invite EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary with MEPs.


Following President Iohannis´s address, President Tajani stated:

“President Iohannis put forward a clear vision, with Romania as a key player in building a more effective Europe. His contribution comes as his country prepares to take over the EU Presidency ahead of the European elections. European citizens need to know what the EU has done to deliver on concerns surrounding jobs, migration and security. And to show that the EU can take decisive action, I asked President Iohannis to support a Council vote on asylum reform as soon as possible.

“The European Parliament, Commission and Member States should prepare a strategy to re-launch the European dream together. We can start with an ambitious long-term EU budget that boosts growth and jobs - I am counting on the Romanian Presidency to make progress.

“I thank President Iohannis for his cooperation and commitment in favour of EU-based common values and rule of law. He is also in favour of strong links between the EU Presidency and the European Parliament. This is one of the ways that we will bridge the gap between our citizens and European institutions.”


Click here to watch the plenary debate and here for the joint press statement.


Note to editors:

Heads of state and government from Ireland, Croatia, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Greece and Estonia have already debated with MEPs in plenary.

Over the next few months, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark will address the plenary in November; Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez and Finnish Prime Minister, Juha Sipilä, in January, Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte in February and Slovack Prime Minister, Peter Pellegrini in March, and the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades  in April next year.

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