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In meeting with Tudose, Tusk emphasises importance of respecting European values and of the fight against corruption

On Tuesday, during his meeting in Brussels with Premier Mihai Tudose, European Council President Donald Tusk emphasised the importance of respecting European values and of the fight against corruption.

In a message posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday, Donald Tusk included a photograph from his meeting with Mihai Tudose, at the European Council headquarters. He also mentioned the “European values and the Romanian society’s expectations regarding the fight against corruption.”

“Meeting with PM Tudose. Underlined EU’s values & expectations of Romanian society in fight against corruption,” Tusk wrote on Twitter.

During their meeting in Brussels, the Romanian Premier and the President of the European Council discussed the fight against corruption, emphasising the fact that any legislative initiative will be made after the prior consultation of all those involved, namely with the involvement of the civil society, official sources told Agerpres.

According to the sources, also expressed during the meeting was the message that the Justice Ministry is tasked with implementing the decisions of the Constitutional Court, the initiatives set to be adopted by Parliament and not by the Government, with the observance of transparency.

On the other hand, support for the Republic of Moldova’s European path was also expressed during the meeting, the joint efforts for this country’s European project being mentioned. Likewise, the plan concerning the Premier’s upcoming visit to the Republic of Moldova was also presented, the sources pointed out. Another topic tackled during the meeting was the preparations for Romania’s takeover of the presidency of the Council of the EU, the same sources pointed out.

Mihai Tudose’s meeting with Donald Tusk was followed by the Romanian Premier’s meeting with European Commission President Donald Tusk and with European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Romanian Head of Government also met European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu.

Prime Minister Tudose’s visit to Brussels ended in the evening, with a meeting with European Parliament Speaker Antonio Tajani.

According to the Government, during his first visit abroad in his capacity as Head of Government, Mihai Tudose wanted to convey the message that Romania is a serious partner in the European Union, which will respect all the commitments taken.

At the same time, the priorities of the current Government were discussed on this occasion, with the emphasis on economic topics but also on Romania’s position on the future of the EU, the preparations for the takeover of the presidency of the Council of the EU and improving the absorption of European grants.

 

PM Tudose in Brussels: Have given assurances of stability, no additional turnover tax, assumed 3 percent deficit target

 

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose stated on Tuesday that he has assured the high-ranking European officials in Brussels of Romania’s stability, specifying that the assumed deficit target is 3 percent.

“I assured my interlocutors of [Romania’s] stability, with a 3 percent assumed deficit target (…) and steadiness and credibility with respect to laws,” Tudose asserted at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union.

Premier Tudose also said that European leaders are “content” with what has happened so far with CVM [the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism – ed.n], adding “we are on the right track.”

During the meetings with the European officials, the Prime minister “very firmly” reiterated that the additional turnover tax will not be introduced, “that we are predictable in terms of the financial-fiscal system and that from everything that our current simulations and expectations suggest, we will keep within the 3 percent deficit target,” PM Tudose affirmed.

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