Incumbent President Traian Basescu left this morning to Brussels to attend on Thursday and Friday the European Council meeting to mark the end of the Italian presidency of the European Union and the taking over by Latvia. On Thursday afternoon, Traian Basescu will attend the Summit of the European People’s Party, then a meeting of the European Council with the president of the European Parliament, followed by the first working session of the European Council meeting. In addition, the Romanian head of state will take part in the working dinner of the EU heads of state and government, at the headquarters of the European Council.
On Friday, Basescu will attend the second working session of the European Council meeting and he is expected to give press statements around 1.45 p.m. (Romania’s local time).This is his last participation at such a gathering, reason for why he will use his visit to Brussels also to bid farewell from the European leaders.
“In the past 10 years I’ve represented Romania’s interests at the very maximum threshold”
Before taking off from Bucharest, Romania’s incumbent head of state declared that it has been an honour to represent Romania to the European Council in the past 10 years of mandate since he has participated in this structure’s reunions., informs Agerpres. ‘I am to participate in the last European Council, apart from the fact that the European Council itself has novelties I too turn sharply 10 years since I’ve participated for the first time in this EU fundamental structure. It’s been an honour to me to represent Romania in this Union’s body and I can assure you that in the past 10 years, I’ve represented Romania’s interests at the very maximum threshold they could have been represented,’ the head of state said at the Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport, minutes before taking off for Brussels’ reunion.According to Mr. Basescu’s statements made prior to his departure, improving the investment climate in the Union and the Ukrainian crisis will be among the main topics to be discussed at the current Summit of the EU leaders.