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PM Ciolos to participate in European Council meeting; migration and terrorism combat, on discussion agenda

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will participate on Thursday and Friday in the European Council meeting, to take place in Brussels.

According to a Government’s Press Office release to Agerpres, the main topics on the agenda of the European Council meeting are aimed at the management of the migration phenomenon and action at the EU and member states’ level for combating terrorism, in the context created after the attacks last month in Paris.

In respect to these topics, Romania supports the implementation of all necessary measures for securing the external borders of the EU and for guaranteeing the internal security, at the same time preserving the principle of free movement inside the Union, the release reads.

At the same time, Romania is solidary with the member states which are facing massive migrant flows, solidarity also confirmed through the actions conducted towards the implementation of the measures agreed so far.

“Romania however keeps its reservations to the idea of creating a permanent mechanism of relocation inside the EU, supporting the need for an instrument meant to approach on a priority basis the causes of the current crisis of migration, not the effects. In this context, the situation in Syria will also be discussed,” the Government’s release points out.

The debates will also focus on aspects of the relation with the Russian Federation and the situation in the east of Ukraine.

Other topics to be tackled in the meeting in Brussels refer to the Economic and Monetary Union and the single market.

“Romania, as a state that wants to join the Eurozone, supports the consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union without lifting some additional barriers in the demarches of the countries that want to adopt the single currency,” the Government shows.

The European leaders will discuss, at the same time, the topic of speeding up the project of an energy union, taking into account the historic agreement on climate change reached within the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, that recently took place in Paris.

The issue on the UK staying in the European Union will also be in the attention of the participants in the European Council meeting this week.

With regard to this topic, PM Ciolos believes that the UK belongs in the European Union, a position he has also voiced on the occasion of the meeting he had on December 9 at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest with his British counterpart David Cameron.

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