Romanian President Klaus Iohannis participated in a meeting of the European Council and an enlarged European Summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, reports Agerpres.
At the summit of the European Council, the Romanian chief of state requested that the European Commission reanalyze the currentlevel of financial support for Romanian farmers and welcomed a strong message of the European Union for the Republic of Moldova.
According to the Presidential Administration, Iohannis emphasized the importance of the world community’s unity and solidarity with Ukraine against Russian aggression and said that the destabilizing actions of the Russian Federation are also felt by Moldova and Georgia. He pleaded for dialogue and consultation with the states of the „Global South” in preparation of various actions and decisions as a solution for increasing their commitment.
European leaders, in return, agreed that the EU will continue to offer Moldova all relevant support, including strengthening the resilience, security, stability, economy and energy supply of the country against the destabilizing actions of foreign actors and for the EU accession process, inviting the European Commission to unveil a support package before the next meeting.
Iohannis also reiterated Romania’s support for the continuation of support for Ukraine at all levels, for as long as is necessary, and welcomed the joint European approach to urgently supply ammunition to Ukraine. He mentioned the bilateral support offered by Romania to Ukraine amidst the war, including through massive efforts to facilitate the export of over 14 million tons of grain and oil products from Ukraine to global markets.
At the same time, Iohannis also asked the European Commission to reanalyse the level of financial support to Romanian farmers to cope with difficulties generated by the current situation. EC President Ursula von der Leyen responded that the support offered to Romania will be reanalyzed.
President Klaus Iohannis voiced support for the initiatives to increase the long-term competitiveness of the European Union, with emphasis on the importance of the Single Market, the development of the industrial base of the EU and the protection of consumers.
The European Commission briefed the leaders on the progress about progress in the implementation of its February conclusions on migration. Romania’s contribution to the implementation of the conclusions was mentioned by agreeing, together with the EC, on a pilot project at the Romanian-Serbian border that will allow Romania to share good practices in matters of asylum, returns, border management and international co-operation and to bring added value to the joint efforts to address migration and to strengthen the security of the EU’s external borders. The European Council called for the swift implementation of those conclusions and will review it again in June.
Concessions for Ukrainian farmers equates to strain Romanian farmers