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PSD leader Dragnea suggests President Iohannis should have consultations regarding the EU situation

Social-democrat leader Liviu Dragnea has said on Thursday his party proposes President Klaus Iohannis to have consultations with political parties in view of Romania’s participation to the debates regarding the future of Europe, for agreeing on a common vision to be jointly promoted.

“In view of Romania’s participation to the debates on the future of Europe, PSD proposes President Klaus Iohannis to initiate consultations with the political parties, in order to set a common vision that should be jointly promoted abroad, at all political and diplomatic levels,” Dragnea is quoted as saying in a release.

The PSD leader underscores that it is important to agree upon a permanent working mechanism with the representatives of political parties and of the Presidential Administration, aiming at harmonising the external political approach, to support Romania’s national interest in the relation with European institutions.

PSD is open to reach political consensus in terms of national interest within the EU, Dragnea says.

Dragnea added that Romania should adopt a firm stance against a multi-speed Europe, to express a firm position to support equality among the EU members and to categorically reject any option for a multi-speed Europe or a concentric circle Europe.

“In PSD’s opinion, defining a clear and joint position for Romania in regard to the current situation in the EU should be a common objective that brings together the entire Romanian political class,” Dragnea said.

The initiative comes one day after the EC President Jean-Claude Juncker has revealed the possible pathways for the EU after Brexit.

Jean-Claude Juncker sets five paths

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has revealed on Wednesday his five future “pathways” for the European Union after Brexit.

The 27 leaders of EU countries will discuss the plans, without Britain, at a summit in Rome later this month. The meeting will mark the EU’s 60th anniversary, the BBC reports.

Path one: ‘Carrying on’

The remaining 27 members stick on the current course, continuing to focus on reforms, jobs, growth and investment. There is only “incremental progress” on strengthening the single currency. Citizens’ rights derived from EU law are upheld.

Path two: ‘Nothing but the single market’

The single market becomes the EU’s focus. Plans to work more on migration, security or defence are shelved. The report says this could lead to more checks of people at national borders. It becomes difficult to agree new common rules on the mobility of workers, so free movement of workers and services is not fully guaranteed.

Path three: ‘Those who want to do more’

If member countries want to work more with others, they can. Willing groups of states can form coalitions on key areas, such as defence, internal security, taxation and justice.

Relations with outside countries, including trade negotiations, remain managed at EU level on behalf of all member states.

Path four: ‘Doing less, more effectively’

The EU focuses on a reduced agenda where it can deliver clear benefits: technological innovation, trade, security, immigration, borders and defence. It leaves other areas – regional development, health, employment, social policy – to member states’ own governments.

EU agencies tackle counter-terrorism work, asylum claims and border control. Joint defence capacities are established. The report says all this would make a simplified, less ambitious EU.

Path five: ‘Doing much more together’

Feeling unable to meet the today’s challenges alone or as part of the existing group, EU members agree to expand the union’s role. Members agree “to share more power, resources and decision-making across the board”. The single currency is made central to the project, and EU law has a much larger role. Decisions and action would be taken more quickly, but, the paper warns, “there is the risk of alienating parts of society which feel that the EU lacks legitimacy or has taken too much power away from national authorities”.

 

 

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