While in Strasbourg today, to deliver a speech in the European Parliament, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said that “it would be inadmissible” for no high-level position within the EU to be occupied by a person “from the new member states, i.e. from the eastern part”.
Iohannis was rumored as a potential candidate for the headship of the future European Council.
EP President: Romania will become stronger after joining the euro zone and the Schengen area
The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, thanked Romania for the support given to Ukraine, which is the “first responsibility” of the EU. She told a joint press conference with President Klaus Iohannis, that Romania will become stronger after joining the euro zone and the Schengen area.
“Ukraine is our first responsibility, our first priority. Europe is stronger thanks to our united efforts and here Romania plays a crucial role on the eastern flank”, said Metsola, at the press conference with President Klaus Iohannis, before his speech in the European Parliament. “Europe will be even stronger when Romania joins the Eurozone and takes its well-deserved place in the Schengen Area. It is clear to us, March 31 will be a significant date for all Europeans. The 17 years in which Romania was a member of the European Union were transformative for Romania and for Europe, it brought opportunities for all,” said Metsola.
“In just 4 months, the time will come again for Romanians and other European citizens to set a renewed direction for Europe. On June 9, over 19 million Romanians will vote for 33 MEPs. Who these people will be, what they will represent – that is in the hands of the Romanians. They will shape the policies, they will pass the legislation that will change Europe. Romanians will choose to vote. My message is not to understand that Europe is something given, to let others decide for you”, the President of the European Parliament also stated.
Metsola added that it is important for the legitimacy of the EU that everyone feels represented in the top positions in the community block and that the geographical balance is respected.
“We cannot ignore people’s fears, because otherwise we will increase polarization. It’s easier to draw up a narrative in black and white, but I’m sure that if you challenge that narrative by showing why decisions are made we can counter it. The challenge is not only populism, but also the silent majority. Until the election day, we will try to convince them that the vote counts“, Metsola said.