EPP President Daul: “I am proud of the Romanian people; victory of Klaus Iohannis is excellent news for Romania and the European Union”
Brussels, 17 November 2014
Following the results of the second round of the presidential election in Romania, the President of the European People's Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, made the following statement:
“I would like to congratulate Klaus Iohannis on his well-deserved victory in yesterday’s presidential election in Romania. This is excellent news for Romania and for the whole of the European Union. It is a victory for centre-right values and I am proud that the EPP played its role in this. Klaus Iohannis will keep Romania on the democratic path and lead it in the interest of the Romanian people.
I am proud of the Romanian people who participated in high numbers in this important election. However, I am extremely disappointed by the poor voting conditions abroad. The government led by socialist Prime Minister Ponta has to assume responsibility for this, and even more so after having ignored the calls of the international community to assure proper voting conditions. Regardless of these bad voting conditions abroad, the Romanian voters still sanctioned Mr Ponta.
I would also like to thank President Traian Băsescu for his 10 years of leadership during extremely difficult times. His leadership was crucial to completing the accession of Romania to the European Union in 2007 and to transforming his country into a relevant actor in the EU. Romania is better off today because of the efforts made by Traian Băsescu, and for this he has our deep appreciation.”
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