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The head of state said he would go to the Government meetings

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday evening that he doesn't think Prime Minister Viorica Dancila would refuse him if he were to attend the Government meetings, in order to discuss "matters concerning Romania, which fall under the responsibility of the Government."

"Yes, I will go. You can see that Mrs. Prime Minister once every three or four public discourses had peace messages. She invited me to collaborate and now I am willing to collaborate, since this is an extremely important matter. The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a very complicated matter, very hard and I want us to do well and I stated that we are ready, but in order to remain ready, and also have results, we need to discuss these things. For instance, a really urgent matter right now and I asked to be immediately introduced on the agenda is Brexit. There is a real risk that we have a Brexit without an agreement and, in that case, several hundreds of thousands of Romanians will remain with an uncertain status. These are things that we must discuss. We cannot afford to just wait and discuss them after the holidays. There are a lot of arguments and, honestly, I don't believe that she will refuse me, if I were to go to discuss together at the Government matters that are related to Romania and fall under the responsibility of the Government," stated Iohannis.

 President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday evening stated that the Social Democratic Party (PSD), while chaired by Liviu Dragnea, became an "anti-European, anti-justice, anti-investment, anti-business party."

Asked by the journalists how he comments the statements made by Liviu Dragnea at the National Council of the PSD, Iohannis responded: "This discourse allows only sad conclusions, especially for the PSD, but also said for Romania. This discourse shows clearly, categorically, quite visibly that, under Dragnea, the PSD became an anti-European, anti-justice, anti-investment, anti-business party. It's sad, very sad, because, on the other hand, all the polls, all the discussions, show us that Romanians are pro-Europeans, they are people who want jobs, a fair justice, Romanians very much want a rule of law. And here it is that, the PSD, under Dragnea's leadership, is now in opposition to the Romanians. This is the result that should give us a lot to think about, definitely, I am not the only who is sad because of this. The fact that in 2018 Romania, unfortunately, started to discuss publicly if we should grant amnesty and pardon to politicians, criminals, to the corrupted people is hard to imagine after 29 years since the Revolution, when we fought precisely for our rights, for our liberties, for a rule of law state and for an European type of democracy, it shows that this party is not on the path that most Romanians want for Romania." 

He added that „We are now at a stage when very many politicians are losing touch with people, which is a serious problem and even a danger”.

"I liked the challenge when the contestant needed to get in touch with a person holding a public office. (...) We are now at a stage when very many politicians are losing touch with people. And this is a serious problem and even a danger for, if the people elected are no longer in touch with the voters, things get to be debated in parallel by one and the others, which eventually leads to a lack of confidence in the politicians' work and this, for instance, in the European space, leads to Euro-skepticism and it's dangerous for it estranges us from a very good project," said Iohannis within a dialogue with the winners of the Civic Angers competition, part of the Once Upon a Time in Romania project initiated by Initiative Romania.

The President also drew attention on the lack of concept in education. He brought to mind in the context of the "Educated Romania" project, which he hopes to be successfully implemented. 

"Romania has a great chance to build a solid future for itself among the nations but only if it focuses on education. We have very many young people who are very interested, very talented (...) We also have good people in the system, not enough, it's true. We need permanent training. What is missing right now, what has been missing in the past 30 years, is a concept to say what Romania wants in education. We just continue like this, by virtue of inertia. (...) We are developing the "Educated Romania" project, we gathered working opinions, we want to have as many people as we can working for this project, we want many interesting opinions, future-oriented. We are no in the stage where we have a first draft, a very rough version for now (...) which should materialize in a project that we are going to put up for public debate," said the head of the state.

He also pleaded in this context for dual education. "The future of a youngster is in Romania," said the President.