Correspondence from Strasbourg. Farmers' protest in front of the European Parliament. Iohannis's speech, in a tense moment

About 500 demonstrators are expected in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, who will come with 50 tractors. The protest is a day before the moment when Klaus Iohannis will address the EP plenary.

Gendarme vans prepared to block protesting farmers PHOTO Radu Eremia

According to the information provided by the French law enforcement to those in the European Parliament, approximately 500 demonstrators and 50 tractors are expected in front of the main entrance of the European Parliament. The protest should last between 11 a.m. (Romanian time) and 6 p.m.

On Tuesday morning, although the farmers had not yet made their presence felt in front of the European Parliament, some means of transport were experiencing delays. An hour before the protest, only the police were mobilized in front of the EP. Thus, at 10 o'clock, 12 vans with gendarmes had already arrived.

PHOTO Radu Eremia

PHOTO Radu Eremia

Iohannis comes before the MEPs on Wednesday

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will give a speech in the European Parliament (EP) on Wednesday during a plenary debate on the theme “This is Europe”. “The President of Romania will address the MEPs on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., to present his vision on the challenges and the future of Europe”according to the European Parliament.

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, will have a bilateral meeting with Iohannis before the plenary speech of the Romanian President, and short joint press statements are also scheduled on Wednesday, at 10:50

Mobilization of gendarmes in front of the EP in Strasbourg PHOTO Radu Eremia jpeg

This will be the thirteenth 'This is Europe' plenary debate and the first since 2024. In 2023, MEPs heard from the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Nikolay Denkov (22 November), the President of Cyprus, Christodoulides (13 June) , German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (May 9), Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (April 19) and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda (March 14). EU leaders participating in this series of debates in 2022 were Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob“, the European Parliament also transmits.

President Iohannis also gave a speech in the EP plenary on October 23, 2018 on the subject of the future of the European Union, emphasizing then the need for unity and cohesion regarding the future of the EU.