2nd round consultations on Brexit: Working group hosted by Presidency to draft new country project

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President Klaus Iohannis stated on Monday after second round of consultations on Brexit that all the parties attending the meeting had agreed to take part in drafting Romania’s country project that is to be made within a working group operating under the Presidency.

“A new country project is needed, a project for Romania, for Romania’s future inside the European Union. This is my message to the leaders I have met with today,” the Romanian president said, after the second round of consultations at the Cotroceni Palace with Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, National Bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu and the leaders of parliamentary parties on the consequences of the UK referendum to leave the EU.

“All leaders have agreed to take part in drafting this new country project, which comes 10 years after Romania has become a member of the European Union. This working group could operate in optimum conditions right here, at the Presidency, even on an electoral year,” Klaus Iohannis pointed out.

However, he warned that this project could be functional only if adopted by consensus.

“Such a project can be operation provided is adopted, approved and supported by consensus. Unfortunately, Romania had quite many so-called projects, strategies that haven’t actually been implemented and they have also come apart at the seams for there hasn’t been any political consensus. We’ll set which is Romania’s place, Romania’s role and Romania’s ambition level inside the European Union,” president Iohannis concluded.

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