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Slovak Ambassador in Bucharest: Romania can serve as model on matter of minorities

The Slovak Ambassador in Bucharest, Jan Gabor, has stated on Thursday that Romania, being an inclusive society, can serve as a model in what regards the matter of minorities.

“Romania has created very appropriate conditions for the Slovak community that has been living here for several centuries. Romania can serve as a model on the matter of minorities because it is an inclusive society, friendly towards minorities,” Gabor stated.

The Slovak Ambassador participated, on Thursday, together with the head of the European Commission Representation in Romania, Angela Cristea, in a debate on the topic of the Slovak experience at the helm of the rotational Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July-December 2016).


Angela Cristea: Improving Romania’s image – the biggest benefit of holding EU Council Presidency


The head of the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, Angela Cristea, deems that the improvement of the Romania’s image is the biggest benefit that comes from holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a position that Romania will hold in 2019.

“The biggest benefit that I notice is enhancing the country’s profile because the image a member-state has in the EU, is often outlined by the mass-media from various member-states that is not mainly focused on what is better and positive for the country. In the moment when a state is in the EU leadership, the spotlights are upon that state and it is a chance for it to play the main role, to be the main character in this piece of European integration. Or, this chance comes once in a while, particularly now when there are 28 member states and it is somehow a historic chance”, Cristea stated in a debate on the Slovak experience in the Presidency of the EU Council.

She mentioned that the setting of the agenda of the presidency is also very important, but also the capacity of the state holding the presidency to elaborate a positive agenda.

“On the one hand, it is preferred including on the agenda those topics that have a higher success rate, so that, in the end, the success is somehow accounted for. On the other hand, it is important for the agenda to also reflect the important concerns of citizens”, Angela Cristea explained.

Furthermore, she emphasized that it is equally important to prepare Romania’s diplomatic corps and the staff Romania will have when holding the Presidency of the EU Council.

“A small state is better placed because it does not carry the burden of suspicion in trying to promote a national interest that comes to the disadvantage of the other member states. The success of the Romanian presidency in 2019 and where the EU will head in those six months will depend to a high extent on the quality of negotiators that Romania will have on board with the presidency”, Cristea says.

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