President Klaus Iohannis has said on Tuesday that PM Viorica Dancila cannot be invited to the EU Summit in Sibiu due on May 9 for Romania’s representative to the European Council is the president of the country, and that “there will be no formal events” during the summit where “people would stay hanging out”.
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila complained on Friday she hasn’t been invited to the EU summit in Sibiu, adding that ‘it is hard to understand and it is inappropriate that those who worked so much for Romania, who received so many appreciations, are not invited.’
“Every state has only one representative and the Romanian constitutional architecture says that Romania’s representative to the European Council is the president of the country, in this case, me. There will be only EU Council meetings in Sibiu, so there is no other scheduled meeting in other format. The invitations are made by the president of the European Council, Mr. Tusk, so all this debate is a little bit artificial, coming from the fact that Romania’s constitutional architecture is not known too well. There is no ill will, no bad faith, it’s just the place of the President in the European Council and we meet here to work on a very important thing: to the strategic agenda for the next mandate of the European institutions“, Iohannis said in Sibiu on Tuesday, where he was to inspect preparation works for the summit.
He also added that “there are no strictly formal events envisaged where people would stay hanging around”. “We have very much to discuss, there is never time enough in the European Council and when we meet we usually discuss concrete things on the agenda,” the head of state pointed out.
PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea has also commented on the fact that PM Dancila has not been invited to the upcoming Summit, arguing it is a lack of “politeness” and “an expression of greed for political capital”, referring to President Iohannis.
“First of all, it’s a lack of politeness, second, it’s lack of patriotism. Thirdly, it is one more expression of Iohannis’ greed for political capital. I don’t think this could have happened in any other country inside the EU. The Presidency had neither the tools or other levers to organise this event, but the executive authorities (…)”, said the PSD chairman.
Asked if he expected to also be invited to the Sibiu Summit, considering he is the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea replied: “I am not desperate for such invitations. It is the Romanian prime minister who is holding the Presidency of the EU Council and I spoke to several colleagues in various countries and they were shocked that the person who is holding the Presidency of the EU Council is not attending this event, But this is how the electoral campaign goes.”