Update: Iohannis-Tusk talks at Cotroceni Palace. Romania rejects the idea of a multi-speed Europe

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President Klaus Iohannis has welcomed the President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Friday, at Cotroceni Palace, for official and tete-a-tete talks.

The Romanian head of state has told European Council President Donald Tusk that Romania does not accept an EU reform that will lead to the emergence of a multi-speed or concentric circles Europe, the Presidential Administration informs.

Donald Tusk is in the process of consulting the members of the European Council to prepare a roadmap for the steps to be taken in the process of strengthening the European Union. The document will be discussed at future meetings of the European Council.

“President Klaus Iohannis firmly reiterated Romania’s position of not accepting proposals that lead to a Europe with two or multi-speeds or a Europe of concentric circles. Such options would only deepen the divisions between the Member States. Romania has stated that the principle of inclusiveness must play a key role in the process of strengthening the European Union. Moving forward in a formula of unity and cohesion, without fragmentation among the Member States, must be the main objective at European level,” the communiqué reads.

On Tuesday, presidency spokeswoman Madalina Dobrovolschi has announced in a press conference that the main topic on the agenda will be the future of the European Union.

The presidency spokeswoman also announced that President Klaus Iohannis will be in Brussels on October19 and 20, where he will attend the European Council meeting, having on the agenda issues related to migration, digital Europe, security and defence, EU’s external relations, the relationship between the Union and Turkey.

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