A direct attack on the former Prime Minister and his opponent in the second round of the Romanian Presidential Election Viorica Dancila launched Klaus Iohannis in an open discussion with journalists.
Klaus Iohannis, who refused to participate in a debate with his opponent in the second round of the election, had the opportunity to discuss with eight journalists, a political scientist and students, in the presence of his advisers, PNL President and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turcan.
During the discussion, Iohannis said that his term in office had successes that significantly affected Romania’s course, citing the 2% of GDP allocation for defence and the Sibiu Summit. He said that he managed “for a long time” to oppose the Social Democratic Party (PSD) to keep Romania on a European track in the European and Transatlantic set of values. “I was able to save Romania’s image thanks to my foreign policy. I was able to prevent the toxic effects of a PSD government. The President stressed the need for improved European defense, but stressed that a structure parallel to NATO “would not help anyone”. Klaus Iohannis said he is in favor of improving Europe’s defence, by supporting and modernizing the defence industry, but “in full complementarity with NATO and not in parallel with NATO”.
In the area of justice, President Klaus Iohannis said he was in favor of abolishing the Special Judicial Investigation Department, which could be a tool “for the unconstitutional control of judges”. “I am not an expert in this field, but my view as a mere President of Romania was that this section should not have been created to begin with. I have sought and received the opinion of recognized experts in the field, including the Venice Commission, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (MCV), who stated that this department was not necessary”, Klaus Iohannis explained.
The President also emphasized that by requesting a review of the legislation on justice or referring it to the Constitutional Court, he was able to annul 70% of the measures, which without his intervention would have helped to “defeat” the rule of law in Romania. In addition, Klaus Iohannis expressed his conviction that the laws of justice will be corrected after the parliamentary elections, when there is another parliamentary majority.
On 5G technology, Mr Iohannis said the issue would be discussed at the next meeting of the Romanian Security and Defence Council (CSAT). “We will carefully analyze them at CSAT with the new government and make the necessary decisions to ensure national security”, Klaus Iohannis said of the Cernavodă nuclear power plant reactors 3 and 4 and the implementation of 5G technology.
Concerning the current form of offshore legislation, the President has stated that he is neither satisfied with investors nor public finances. In this regard, he stressed the importance of finding a formula that would be right for Romania but would create an appropriate framework for investors, Klaus Iohannis said.
Concerning the transfer of the Romanian Embassy to Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, President Iohannis explained that Prime Minister Dăncilă did not have the necessary powers to order the transfer of an embassy, according to the Constitution. “I have made my point very clear: we and our partners believe that this cannot be done now because the conditions required for the embassies to be moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv are not fulfilled. (…). As a result, I can describe these actions as amateurism in foreign policy, which was very harmful for us”, Klaus Iohannis pointed out./ibna