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March 24, 2023

Basescu: Not ruling out failure to reach budget agreement during European Council

President Traian Basescu stated yesterday before leaving for Brussels that he does not rule out the possibility that no solution will be reached on the EU budget during this European Council, pointing out that negotiations will be tough but all participants want a solution to be found. According to Basescu, “the negotiations in Brussels will be tough.”  “I can tell you based on the contacts I’ve had with a big part of the members of the European Council that all of them have discontents but there is the desire to reach a compromise,” Basescu stated, being quoted by Mediafax. The Head of State said that Romania considers, just as he informed most of her partners, including Council President Herman Van Rompuy that things have to be negotiated.  Asked whether he received a mandate from the government, considering that the Parliament adopted on Tuesday a resolution backed by the government concerning Romania’s position at the European Council, the Head of State answered laughingly: “For the time being no, but maybe they’ll send a fax.” Asked why he insisted on going to Brussels, Basescu answered: “I don’t have the right to choose. It’s not that I insisted, but do you imagine I have any justification not to? How would you look on a ship commander that leaves the officer of the watch alone on the deck during a storm or a fire?”  The President’s delegation includes secretary of state with the Finance Ministry Gheorghe Gherghina, secretary of state with the Agriculture Ministry Achim Irimescu, Premier’s state adviser Luminita Odobescu, general director with the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) Ioana Bivolaru and general director with the European Affairs Ministry (MAEur) Catalina Constantin. Likewise, the Head of State will be accompanied by Presidential advisers Cristian Diaconescu, Bogdan Manoiu, Bogdan Dragoi and by Presidential spokesperson Bogdan Oprea. Premier Victor Ponta will not stay “at home” either. The Head of Government will be in Brussels today where he will attend the Party of European Socialists meeting that precedes the European Council, PSD informs in a communiqué.

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