The preparations initiated by Romania in the perspective of taking over the first mandate at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019 and the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) being lifted in this time span were the main topics approached in the meeting that Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had at the Victoria Governmental Palace on Thursday with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
According to a Government release, in respect to the prospect of the CVM being lifted, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu voiced his conviction that the dialogue carried out on this topic with EC experts has brought the necessary clarifications for Romania to be able to meet the assumed commitments.
“In the ten years that have passed since the accession to the European Union, Romania had a predictable, constructive and pro-European approach, and we are determined to do everything we have taken on doing,” Grindeanu is quoted in the release as saying, adding that the accession to the EU has brought Romania many benefits.
The release points out that the PM also mentioned that Romania has been prepared for a few years now, from a technical point of view, to join the Schengen Area.
He also presented the progresses made over the past two months in respect to the subsidies for farmers and pleaded for the relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as Romania’s intent to file its candidacy in this sense having already been officially voiced through a memorandum approved by the Government.
“In his turn, Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan gave guarantees regarding the Government’s determination to keep the deficit target of 3 percent of the GDP,” the release reads.
EC President Jean-Claude Juncker hailed Romania’s progresses, voicing once more his hope that it will be accepted in Schengen and that the CVM will be lifted before taking over the mandate at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Government’s release mentions.
Also attending the meeting were Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu.