Video – Iohannis: A Union that looks to the future // Future of Europe Speech, October 2018
Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania, presents his vision for the Future of Europe in front of the European Parliament, on 23 October 2018. He starts by making a firm plea for unity, cohesion, solidarity and for a common European path. In this regard, he expresses that the EU should not “leave any state and any European citizen behind” and warns against “ideas like a Europe of multiple speeds” that are not “a solution.” The Romanian President reminds MEPs of the importance of cohesion policies, that is “not only the ambition of the new member states, that have a lower level of economic convergence, but also a necessity for older member states of the Union.” He underlines that joining the Eurozone and the Schengen area are “fundamental” national goals for the country: “we cannot imagine the EU neither without the single market nor without its four fundamental freedoms: the free circulation of goods, people, services and capital.” He also pledges for innovation and massive investment in education in these times of digital revolution as the best way to guarantee that social progress and competitivity go hand in hand. In order to guarantee security, he defends multilateralism and proposes to maintain a solid transatlantic partnership, to honour commitments with neighbouring countries and to implement the enlargement policy in the agreed limits to bring hope to current EU candidates. Iohannis remains optimistic about the future because, as he puts it: “the younger generation in Romania believes in Europe and gets involved in debates regarding our future in a positive manner.” Romania, he concludes, is a country that is deeply attached to the European project.
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