POLITICS

Foreign Ministry-European Affairs Ministry protocol

The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) and the European Affairs Ministry (MAEur) sealed a protocol that clearly delimits both institutions’ duties. The protocol, published on Monday by MAE, spells out each of the two ministries’ duties and the responsibilities they will share. Thus, MAE will have exclusivity over Romanian presence in European Union institutions and the European External Action Service, over development assistance, humanitarian aid, enlargement, European neighbourhood policies, negotiation of association agreements between the EU and other states, macro-regional strategies and others.

MAEur will manage compatibility of national legislation with EU legislation (e.n. infringement cases), the Europe 2020 Strategy, the internal market, industrial policies, Euro Plus Pact, Romania’s representation at the Court of Justice of the EU, and others.The two ministries will share responsibilities in what regards the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification, Schengen accession, people’s free movement and the new multiannual financial framework of the EU.

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