President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday, after the European Council meeting, that he has explained the EU leaders that a multi-speed Europe is not a good solution and that “in extremis”, it could lead to the disintegration of the Union.
He said that on Friday there were informal discussions about the Declaration to be adopted in Rome, which was prepared as a first draft.
“All of us – 27 – we referred to the proposed text. Contrary to the expectations of many analysts, we did not discuss the EU’s future, but we discussed the text for the Rome meeting, a text which emphasizes the Union’s achievements to date, shows the level of ambition for the future. Overall, we want a positive text which gives us courage to continue in the European Union. We could not discuss about ambitions for the future, without small mentions about the way we all view the European Union’s future and, within this context, I have explained to my colleagues why a multi-speed Europe is not a good solution, on the contrary, it is a solution that, in extremis, may even lead to the disintegration of the European Union,” Iohannis said.
The head of state said the European leaders will focus on the text to be signed in Rome, after which the discussions on the White Paper presented by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will follow.
“We will try that in a year, two years at the most, to shape the way we all see the future of Europe,” Iohannis said.