Democracy, rule of law must be consolidated by independent justice system, President Iohannis tells EU envoys

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President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that democracy and the rule of law in Romania should be consolidated by an independent justice system, so that the foreign policy becomes performing within the context of the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

President Klaus Iohannis welcomed on Tuesday, at Cotroceni Palace, the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest.

“It is an honour for me to host early this year this traditional meeting with your excellences. I appreciate the good cooperation we’ve had hitherto and I hope for a consolidation of relationships during 2019. As you know, a great deal of our efforts is aimed at successfully conducting the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

I was saying that, in order to make foreign policy performing, the state should remain one where democracy and the rule of law are fully consolidated by an independent justice system. These issues are valid now as Romania holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. I assure you I will do everything in my power, as President, so that these values are not affected,” the head of state said during the annual meeting in Bucharest.

The President added that the domestic political scene is dynamic, all decision-making factors will act unitary so that the mandate of Presidency of the Council of the European Union is successful.

“I assure you that, whatever the dynamics of the Romanian politics, all decision-making factors will act unitary and effective so that the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is conducted in the best conditions. Carrying it out does not mean that other strategic priorities come on the secondary plane,” President Iohannis said.

The meeting this year between the Romanian President and the heads of diplomatic missions of the EU countries in Bucharest takes place in the context in which Romania holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019.

 

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