President Klaus Iohannis has stated in Brussels on Sunday, before the European Council meeting that is expected to decide on the most important European positions, that he wants to be Romania’s president, thus rejecting one more time information that he would eye a top position to the European Council or to the European Commission.
“I intend to do many things for the European Romania and for this I want to the Romania’s President”, said the head of state who attended the EPP leaders summit and the European Council summit, where European leaders have agreed as a compromise to accept Frans Timmermans as the head of the European Commission, and Manfred Weber, the EPP candidate as the leader of the European Parliament.
Sources told media that EPP has opposed the plan to appoint Frans Timmermans, the candidate of the European Socialist Party (PES) as the president of the European Commission. On the other hand, political sources also revealed that EPP is not endorsing Manfred Weber for the same position, as Weber has dropped the nomination.
Amid delayed debates, President Iohannis has forecast that negotiations on the EU top positions will be tough.
“My impression so far is that it will be a long night with an uncertain end. It would be optimal to reach a joint conclusion before the new Parliament starts its activity, but if it doesn’t happen this way, it will not be such a catastrophe,” Iohannis pointed out, stressing he is decided to get involved to obtain a balance between the East and the West, for “it is unacceptable to not have a person in a top position coming from the countries that have joined EU lately”.
“The fault line between East and West will not have to re-open, a balance is needed,” he argued.
Despite his repeated denials on an eligible top seat in the new scheme of the EU bodies, Iohannis’ name is still rumored for such a position at the helm of the EU institutions, with some sources even advancing him as favorite for the leadership of the European Council or even at the helm of the European Commission.
Klaus Iohannis has also stated while attending the meeting of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania that he is Romania’s President and he would like to remain Romania’s president and not of the European Council.
Iohannis has been awarded the highest distinction of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania for the way he had led the Forum in the past and for the way he had led Sibiu as mayor for 13 years.