"The European Parliament has the right to debate these topics and, if needed, to come up with a resoluti on to vote on. It's this institution's right. On the other hand, (...) my presence today in the plenary sitting has nothing to do with the rule of law in Romania. Despite this, I've made comments on this topic. (...) It is highly unusual for the EP to debate and vote on a resolution about a member state only one month before the state in question takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The decision belongs to the European Parliament," Iohannis said at a joint press conference with President of the EP Antonio Tajani.
He underscored that Romania is a functional democracy.
"Romania is a very vivid democracy, although there are certain approaches that some people find wrong. We have a debate on justice in Romania and I voiced my opinion with respect to this matter very clearly, but I did this in Romania. I don't want get into Romania's political debates," said Iohannis.