President Klaus Iohannis has attended the Government sitting on Thursday as he had previously announced, arguing his presence is based on his constitutional powers and stressing the Presidency and the Government cannot afford not to cooperate.
“When I attend Government sittings, I preside them. My presence here is based on the powers granted to Romania’s President in Romania’s Constitution. More precisely, I am talking about the powers stipulated by the articles 80, 86 and 87. These issues have been discussed before in Romania for it has not been known clearly when the President can attend the government sittings. There is a ruling by the Constitutional Court referring to the above-mentioned articles, which clearly says that Romania’s President can attend the sittings anytime,” Iohannis told the PM and the ministers at the beginning of the sitting.
According to him, the President’s presence in the government sittings cannot be restricted nor limited. He said he would preside the meeting, but the premier will be the one who establishes the points of the agenda.
“Considering all these, I thinks we can have a correct institutional meeting“, Iohannis said, underlining that, although there are many divergences with the executive in many fields, there cannot be any within the collaboration regarding the Presidency of the EU Council.
“Therefore, I would like to read my attendance in the key of the mandatory collaboration in Romania’s interest, of the EU Council Presidency. For Romania there is no other good option. We are expected to have clear, correct, transparent stances and under no circumstances we are expected to have divergences on the matters related to the EU Council Presidency“, the head of state concluded, reminding that Romania will symbolically take over the EU Council Presidency from Austria in a ceremony due on Friday, in the presence of the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, who will be paying a visit to Romania.