Minister delegate of European Affairs on Romania’s upcoming term at EU helm: Our role will be to bring states at same table

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Minister Delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu said on Tuesday in Slatina that during its term at the helm of the Council of the European Union Romania will take up a role of mediator, bringing the states at the same table and seeking to generate a common viewpoint to be then discussed with the representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission.

“For six months, starting January 1, 2019, Romania will hold this Presidency, we will play an important role as a mediator, basically our role will be to bring the states at the same table and generate consensus, a common viewpoint to be subsequently discussed with the representatives of the European Parliament and with the representatives of the European Commission. We won’t be holding the chairmanship of the European Union, it would be incorrect to say this, we will hold the Presidency of an EU institution that represents the interests of the member states. This actually involves a very high effort. On the one hand – to listen to the member states, on the other hand, to be able to come up with solutions. Some important subjects will be handled during our Presidency (…), such as UK’s departure from the European Union, talks on the multiannual financial framework, as well as debates on the future agenda of the European Union in the perspective of 2024, the 2019 – 2024 strategic agenda. It is important for us to come up with solutions, to come up with ideas and, above all, that people participate in this process of public consultation,” Negrescu said.

He underscored that the views of the citizens on the future Presidency of the Council of the EU are important and can be integrated into Romania’s priorities.

“It is very important to discuss with everyone what this future Presidency of the Council of the European Union means, what it means for Romania, for our European track, and especially to hear their opinions and views. It is very important for us to build this approach starting from the grassroots, from the citizens’ opinions and priorities. As a matter of fact, we have tried to do this in the last seven or eight months, including on romania2019.eu – our website dedicated to preparations for the Presidency, that has a section where the citizens can submit ideas, proposals, solutions that can be integrated with what our priorities for the Presidency presuppose,” the Minister said.

Victor Negrescu attended on Tuesday in southern Slatina the conference “The Reform of the European Union: Options Regarding the Future of the European Project” organized at the Faculty of Management, Economic Agriculture and Rural Development Engineering.

 

Minister Victor Negrescu is no longer running for the PSD Vice Chairman position

 

The Minister for European Affairs, PSD Vice Chairman Victor Negrescu, stated on Tuesday at Slatina, that he will no longer run for a leading position inside the party, adding that a team “focused on regions” is needed.

Negrescu stated that people who are in contact with the county organizations should lead PSD.

“Right now, I’m not thinking at this idea, to run for the future. I believe it’s important for us to create a team focused on regions, on colleagues who have regional representativeness, who are in contact with the county organizations locally, and I believe they are the most recommendable in order to form the future team. I will continue to bring my contribution to the international dimension. I am the President of PES Activists Romania, the structure of the left militants from the Social Democrat Party, with more than 10,000 members, and through this position, I will contribute to the national decisions, together with the future team, which will be voted on Saturday, at the Congress” Victor Negrescu stated.

As for the proposal made by the PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, namely the party should have 16 vice chairpersons, one for each region, eight of them being men and eight of them being women, Negrescu stated it is an “extremely interesting” proposal.

“I believe the party needs to have a discussion, a debate, indeed, on what its future, its future political and governmental projects mean. There will be several resolutions during the Congress, they will be debated. I believe the proposal regarding the parity is extremely interesting. I am profoundly loyal to the left values, and I believe this idea of parity allows a greater equity in terms of party life ad Romanian society” the Minister for European Affairs also stated.

The PSD Congress will be held on Saturday, March 10, starting at 11.00. The positions of the Executive Chairman, the Secretary General and the Vice Chairpersons will be subject to voting.