President Klaus discusses EU accession, meets Czech community in Romania
Czech President Vaclav Klaus is visiting Romania this week to meet the country's top officials as it gears up to join the European Union, together with its neighbour Bulgaria. EU membership has been high on the agenda of talks with Romania's top officials, as well as the United States visa requirements, a concern shared by both countries.
"Actually, bilateral relations and the European Union have been the main focuses of Vaclav Klaus's visit to Romania so far. It is his first visit to Romania since he was elected president and despite the governmental crisis in Prague, he insisted on coming to Romania before its accession to confirm a long tradition of friendship and cooperation between the two countries that might even get bigger after the accession of Romania to the European Union."
There is a large Czech community living in Romania. Is President Klaus meeting its representatives?
Has President Klaus also commented on the latest political developments back home?
"Yes, of course, and that was the main concern of the Czech journalists in the Czech delegation. They asked him about the situation in Prague and when they asked, Vaclav Klaus confirmed his intention to be an active player in the next few days. He said here that as soon as he comes back from Romania he will meet the leaders of the five political parties represented in parliament in order to find a way out of the post-election deadlock. We can say it is quite an important move announced by the president in Romania because so far he has refused to meet the Communists but now the Communist Party will play an official role in the future negotiations that Vaclav Klaus intends to lead."