European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated on Wednesday that he has asked Donald Tusk and the future Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU to organise an extraordinary European Summit in Romania, on 30 March 2019. The event will come the day after the United Kingdom will have to leave the European Union.
“On 30 March 2019, we will be a Union of 27. European Parliament elections will take place just a few weeks later. Europeans need to go to the polls with a clear vision. This is why I call on President Tusk and Romania, the country holding the Presidency in the first half of 2019, to organise a Special Summit in the city of Sibiu, to take the decisions needed for a more united, stronger and democratic Europe. My hope is that on 30 March 2019, Europeans will wake up to a Union where we all stand by our values,” said the President of the European Commission.
The European Summit in Sibiu will discuss the future of the EU, the President of the European Commission pointed out. The EC President’s mandate will expire in the autumn of 2019. EU “will move on after the exit (United Kingdom’s exit – editor’s note),” Juncker emphasised. “Brexit isn’t everything. It isn’t the future of Europe,” he added. “I think you will regret it soon,” the EC President insisted, addressing the British people who pleaded and voted in favour of leaving the EU. In his State of the Union speech, Juncker deemed that Europe finds itself in a favourable moment for relaunch and asked for Romania and Bulgaria to join Schengen. Romania will hold the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU in the first six months of 2019.
President Iohannis applauds Juncker’s proposal for Sibiu to host European Council Summit
On Wednesday, President Iohannis applauded European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker’s proposal that Sibiu should host a European Council Summit.
”The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, is particularly appreciating the message of unity of the European Union and the strengthening of the European project conveyed today by the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, in his speech to the European Parliament. The vision of the European Commission is that of a stronger union, in full agreement with the position repeatedly expressed by the President of Romania. Romania remains a partner deeply attached to the European idea and fully involved in efforts to advance integration in a formula of unity and cohesion, without fragmentation among member states. It is our country’s firm commitment to contribute to the consolidation of the European project as a strategic goal,” the Presidential Administration said Wednesday in a press statement.
The Presidency underscores that our country remains a partner profoundly attached to the European idea and fully involved in the efforts to advance integration, in a formula of unity and cohesion, without fragmentation among member states. This is our country’s firm commitment to contribute to the consolidation of the European project, as a strategic objective.
According to the aforementioned source, President Klaus Iohannis applauds EC President Jean-Claude Juncker’s proposal that Sibiu should host a European Council Summit on 30 March 2019, while Romania holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU, a summit that will tackle strategic issues concerning the future of the European Union.
“Under its presidency of the Council of the European Union, Romania will continue to act firmly as an active partner with a constructive, unitary and pro-European approach to the measures to be adopted and aimed at the future of the European Union. The President of Romania also appreciates the reiteration of the European Commission’s support for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area.”
Likewise, President Klaus Iohannis applauds EC President Jean-Claude Juncker’s proposal concerning the setting up of an instrument of support for Union member states that accede to the Euro Area. In this way, our country will be able to benefit from significant support to attain its strategic objective of adopting the single currency, the communique shows.
PM Tudose: Juncker’s message, extraordinary; it is the first time when the EC doesn’t criticise us
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on Wednesday said that the message of European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker is “extraordinary,” a positive one, appreciative of Romania’s demarches.
“I want to note today and congratulate all Government members and all Romanians, in fact, who have made it possible for the European Commission President, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, in the annual message, to refer to Romania only positively. It is an extraordinary message, it is the first time when the European Commission doesn’t criticise us and appreciates the steps we have all made, Romania is the heroine of this story,” Tudose said in the beginning of the Government meeting.
Commissioner Cretu: Nothing but good news for Romania
The announcement made today by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker about the organization of a special Summit in Romania’s city of Sibiu on March 30, 2019 is good news for our country, said European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu.
“President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said today in the State of the Union address before the European Parliament that ‘now is the time to draw first conclusions from this debate. Time to move from reflection to action. From debate to decision. Today I would like to present you my view: my own ‘scenario six’, if you will: in a Union of equals, there can be no second-class citizens. It is unacceptable that in 2017 there are still children dying of diseases that should long have been eradicated in Europe. Children in Romania or Italy must have the same access to measles vaccines as other children right across Europe. No ifs, no buts. This is why we are working with all Member States to support national vaccination efforts. Avoidable deaths must not occur in Europe. In a Union of equals, there can be no second-class consumers. I will not accept that in some parts of Europe, people are sold food of lower quality than in other countries, despite the packaging and branding being identical. If we want to strengthen the protection of our external borders, then we need to open the Schengen area of free movement to Bulgaria and Romania immediately.’
“President Juncker also announced plans to organize during Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, immediately after Brexit, a Special Summit in Sibiu, Romania, on March 30, 2019. This should be the moment we come together to take the decisions needed for a more united, stronger, and democratic Europe. This is nothing but god news for Romania!”, underscored European Commissioner Cretu.
Prefect : Sibiu has an excellent reputation, being recognised as a veritable benchmark of harmony
Sibiu County Prefect Lucian Radu stated on Wednesday that Sibiu being selected to host the extraordinary summit of 2019 “is not by chance,” the city enjoying an excellent reputation and being “a veritable benchmark of harmony.”
“European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s proposal to organise an extraordinary EU Summit in Sibiu, on 30 March 2019, honours us. During that period, Romania will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union, which is at the centre of the European decisional process,” Sibiu County Prefect Lucian Radu stated.
According to him, Romania will have “an important role in the negotiation of the consolidation of cooperation between EU member states.”
“I consider that the choice of the city for hosting this extraordinary summit is not by chance. Sibiu enjoys an excellent reputation, being recognised as a veritable benchmark of harmony in the multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious context that has existed here for so many centuries,” Lucian Radu added.