“[He said to the reporters he wants] swift procedure to form a new government to avert political uncertainty and harm to the economy.” – Klaus Iohannis, Reuters, 16 January 2018.
“One year after election we already have two failed PSD governments. Now, we obviously need a government to cut short uncertainty. I want us to go through a speedy procedure to establish a new ruling lineup because this political uncertainty must not degenerate into political instability and, more importantly, I want to prevent the possible negative economic consequences of this crisis that set off anew inside the Social Democratic Party.” – Klaus Iohannis, Nine O’clock, 16 January 2018.
“It is 450 years since the Turda proclamation, for the first time in the world, of religious freedom. For all those who believe in our spiritual fulfillment, this anniversary transmits a particularly important message: religious freedom and tolerance are fundamental pillars of humanity.” – Klaus Iohannis, Nine O’clock, 12 January 2018.
“Our future as a nation entails the tolerant fructification of diversity, and it is backed on these values of European humanism, which we all share.” – Klaus Iohannis, Nine O’clock, 12 January 2018.
“When I became president, I promised that I will adopt a different way of doing politics, with fewer fireworks and more results. I then thought that some things become obvious with time and they don’t need to be said every year. Justice in Romania is and has to remain independent. I, the president of Romania, will do anything I am constitutionally able to help you guarantee the independence of the justice system. You’ll have a reliable partner in me… I am very pleased about how CSM knew how to get involved in order to guarantee judicial independence, in 2017 and in the years before. I am convinced that you will continue to do so, because there is no other way for Romania.” – Klaus Iohannis, Business Review, 5 January 2018.
“The independence of justice cannot be discussed, this has to remain and is a part of the core of the democracy we want to build in Romania, part of the EU values and base architecture of a 21st century state. Considering the fact that we have a number of persons at the leadership of the state who are being criminally prosecuted or even convicted, it should not come as a surprise. I’ve said a number of times and I will continue to say that such people have no place in the top ranks of the state. They will always have a personal interest and willingness to question justice. The constitutional system is built in such a way that the access of such persons at the head of the state is allowed. I am convinced that if we ever start reviewing the constitutional architecture, an integrity principle for important roles has to be included.” – Klaus Iohannis, Business Review, 5 January 2018.
Changes have been proposed which I find very lacking in transparency, through a procedure we haven’t seen before, in a special commission of parliament. From my point of view, I did not understand why a clear procedure was not followed… All the opinions that came from inside the system were ignored… I continue to hope that these laws will be improved.” – Klaus Iohannis, Business Review, 5 January 2018.
“Only a few hours separate us from 2018, when we step together in the Centenary Year. It is a time of reckoning for each and every one of us, a good opportunity to ponder on our accomplishments and what we intend next. 2017 was a year of trials, in which the Romanian society fully demonstrated its maturity and commitment to the values of democracy. The future holds new challenges in store for us and the lessons of the past give us confidence that together, united and in solidarity, we will have the strength to build a better Romania, for us and for the generations to come. I wish you all a Happy New Year and many happy returns!” – Klaus Iohannis, Romania Press, 31 December 2017.
“On Christmas, our thought is bringing us home no matter how far we are from it. Home is the special place where we find ourselves along our family, the loved ones who bring fulfillment and tranquility to our lives. Let us enjoy these moments and do not forget that the most beautiful gift we could make in this period is show our appreciation and recognition to the ones around us. The celebration of the Lord Jesus’ Birth is a good urge to compassion and solidarity to those who need our support. I wish you a Merry Christmas wherever you are.” – Klaus Iohannis, Romania Press, 24 December 2017.