A share of 57 percent of Romanians trust the European Union ten years after the country’s accession, European Commission Representation head Angela Cristea said on the occasion of the presentation of opinion polls results about the ten years since Romania’s and Bulgaria’s accession to the EU.
“It is an opinion poll we conducted together with the Representation in Bulgaria, because the two countries, Romania and Bulgaria, have ten years on 12 January 2017 since they have been EU member states, and we wanted to see how the citizens of the two countries see this thing. (…) If we were to take out three key messages from these results, they are the following: in the first place, Romanians become active European citizens and believe their opinion is heard, starting to be heard in Brussels,” Angela Cristea told a press conference on Monday.
She pointed out that, in the second place, the poll reveals “a perfect lining of the Romanians’ wishes to those of the European Commission, as expressed by President Juncker in September, namely a clear preference for the scenario six on the future of the EU: the unity for all scenario.”
“In the third place, if we think about the working programme of the European Commission in the coming two years, now called Road to Sibiu – because in the first half of 2019 Romania will hold the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the first high-level meeting, the first EU summit after the UK leaving it, will take place in Sibiu – , we see that for Romanians the main priorities for this Presidency should be the cohesion, agricultural, security and migration policies, as well as the accession to the Schengen area and the CVM lifting,” Cristea said.
Also attending the event were Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu and presidential advisor Laurentiu Stefan.
More than half consider Romania’s EU Presidency as highly important moment
The majority of Romanians consider the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is a highly important moment, found an opinion poll the European Commission presented on Monday to a press conference, with Minister delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu also attending.
The poll revealed that 51 percent of the respondents consider that Romania’s holding the Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2019 is a highly important moment and 62 percent consider that during the 6-month term at the EU helm Romania must promote national interests and facilitate EU-wide consensus on key policies, acting as an impartial mediator.
The survey also shows that 57 percent of the Romanians further trust the European Union and consider that the main priorities during the six-month term at the Union’s helm should be the cohesion policy (66 pct), the common agricultural policy (59 pct), security and migration (58 pct) or Romania’s joining the Schengen Area (57 pct).
“These aspects are in line with the message that has been promoted over the last five months, expressing support to national, political and institutional consensus, and to placing the citizen at the heart of our activity related to European affairs and to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We will calibrate our activity according to the people’s expectations to make sure that our European action is efficient and successful and the citizens of Romania will further benefit from all the advantages of EU membership,” said Victor Negrescu.
Romania will take over as of January 1, 2019 the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in a presidential trio that also includes Finland and Croatia.