Romania’s first mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity that cannot be missed, the Prime minister Mihai Tudose says, specifying that a faster mobilisation is required for a “successful mandate”, a government release sent to AGERPRES informs.
Premier Tudose asked his ministers for this Thursday’s government sitting to present the full lists with the persons nominated to be part of the ministerial working groups to preparing Romania’s mandate to the Presidency of the Council of EU.
“This first mandate of Romania to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity we cannot allow ourselves to miss, not from the political or administrative point of view or from the country’s image viewpoint. The year 2019 seems far, but it is not, so that we should mobilise faster and set up earlier all the details as regards the organisation, the functioning, the logistics, the human resources and the financial allocations necessary to a successful mandate,” Tudose asserted.
He demanded that each ministry makes “an objective assessment, on technical and professional criteria only” of the persons who are to be appointed to perform in these working groups, and of the persons sent to their job within the Standing Representation of Romania under the EU, so that “they who will represent Romania in Brussels and will have decision-making attributions regarding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, to face their mission with success.”
Minister-delegate Negrescu: Hectic preparations for Romania’s EU Council presidency
The Romanian Government is working hard on preparing the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu said at a meeting of a council in charge with this subject.
According to a press statement released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), Negrescu attended the third meeting of the Interministerial Council for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which convened at Victoria Palace under the leadership of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose.
The meeting highlighted the progress made in the last weeks, and guidelines needed to continue the organisation of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council were completed.
“Let me assure you that Romania is on schedule with all the components of the preparation of the presidency. The entire Government is hectically working on organising this important moment for our country’s future path in the European Union,” Negrescu said.
At the meeting, Romania’s Parliament Palace was chosen as a venue for working meetings to be hosted by Romania during the first six months of 2019. The adoption of this decision was based on a proposal analysis of buildings that meet organisational criteria and have the amenities required by EU Council standards.
Also discussed were the organisation chart and the exercise by Romania of the presidency of the EU Council, a mechanism for cooperation between Parliament and the Government in the field of European affairs, a mechanism for cooperation with the European Parliament and the first version of the schedule of informal meetings to be held in Romania during its six-month presidential tenure.
“By the decisions adopted and by the constancy of its meetings, the Interministerial Council for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union reconfirms its capability of ensuring the political guidance needed to manage such a strategic national project”.