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March 23, 2023

Autumn European Council summit kicks off

The Council is set to address both economic themes and hot  international matters.

The autumn European Council is focussed on a selection of economic themes and also on foreign relations, the discussion being expected to address relations between the EU and China and to come to a conclusion in the Syria and Iran dossiers. The member state leaders were going to evaluate on Thursday the progress made in the implementation of the decisions made during the June 2012 European Council on economic growth and creation of jobs and to prepare the decisions of the Council in December on the Consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union.

During the working dinner, EU leaders will address the subject of the Banking Union, starting for a proposal the Commission made on September 12 for the introduction of a single supervisory mechanism. During the Friday morning session, the subjects on the agenda are the EU-China relations and the approval of the conclusions of the European Council regarding Syria, Iran and Mali. President Traian Basescu is participating in the autumn European Council. According to PNL Vice President, MEP Norica Nicolai, President Traian Basescu should have consulted with the Parliament and Government before going to the autumn European Council in Brussels. ‘From my point of view, as long as we have a Constitutional Court decision on that, it has to be observed, of course, the debates in Brussels which are very important because they deal with a proposal by President Van Rompuy meant to unlock the economic crisis especially in its financial component are a matter for the Government to decide on. In a situation where institution functioned normally, I would have expected the president to ask for the point of view of the Parliament and Government so that he could go to Brussels with a position reflecting the will of the Romanian people, through its representative bodies, meaning first of all the Parliament’, RFI quotes Nicolai as having said. ‘This is what should have been done, because, no matter how we decide, those who will finally be affected by them are the citizens of Romania. I believe in any democracy it’s worth gaining the widest support you can for the measures you take, and that can only happen if you consult and inform the population’, says the PNL vice president. Yesterday, President Basescu received the visit to Cotroceni of the First Deputy Prime Minister from Tripoli, Moustafa Abu Shagur, and said Romania wanted to reconnect with Libya also given the participation in the military mission and support given to the UN and EU missions in that country. Also yesterday, Basescu saw at Cotroceni Palace Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, with whom he joked about the election lost by his party, saying they could cry together because they were both in opposition with their respective governments.

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