Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) will organize on Wednesday, at the Parliament Palace, the conference called “Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) 2019 – Together for strengthening the European project,” that will be attended by President of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber Liviu Dragnea, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and representatives of the Presidential Administration, according to a release sent to Agerpres.
The release reveals that the event is coordinated by Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall, in the context of Romania preparing to take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of 2019.
Ministers, leaders of political parties, representatives of public administration authorities, ambassadors, diplomats, union leaders, opinion makers, political analysts and renowned representatives of the academic and civil society are also invited at the conference that will start at 9:30 hrs.
The MAE points out that the debate will offer a dialogue between the main decision-making factors and representatives of the academic environment, private sector and civil society, as well as an occasion to inform the public opinion regarding the advantages and responsibilities of exercising the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the context of challenges that the EU is confronted with.
“Romania exercising the Presidency of the Council of EU in the first semester of 2019 is the most important country project after the integration in the EU on 1 January 2007. For Romania, a successful presidency will mean, in the first place, the chance for a greater visibility, using the expertise that our country can grant, but also the increase of our capacity to influence the decisions adopted on the EU level. Thereby, it’s essential to capitalize on the moment Romania will exercise the Presidency of the Council of the EU in relation to our contribution in the reflection process concerning the future of the European project and the implementation of the European policies. In this troubled period for the EU, Romania must be part of the group of countries that will write history, not from the group of countries for which history will be written,” Ana Birchall stated.