The Government has decided to temporarily supplement the number of Foreign Ministry positions, conducive to a diplomatic and consular corps adapted in view of Romania’s mandate at the presidency of the EU Council.
The legislative framework on the structure and functioning of the Foreign Affairs Ministry has been modified and supplemented today, via Government Decision, against the backdrop of the preparations for and exercise of Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first half of 2019. In this sense, the Government has approved the supplementation of positions within the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Central Office and its external network, against the backdrop of the need to render dynamic the institution’s specific activity during the exercise of the EU Council’s Presidency.
The modifications adopted seek to consolidate the diplomatic and consular corps and will generate effects from 1 January 2018 to 31 August 2019, a period that covers the preparation process, the exercise of and the subsequent reports on the activity Romania carries out in its capacity as President of the Council of the EU.
Likewise, the Government has decided to modify the titles of the two secretary of state portfolios subordinated to the delegated minister for European Affairs. Thus, their titles will be changed to that of secretary of state for inter-institutional and juridical relations, and secretary of state for European affairs. Moreover, the Foreign Ministry and the European Affairs Ministry can appoint honorary advisers.
Bearing in mind the complexity of the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s specific activity against the backdrop of the future Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Government has decided to supplement the positions as follows:
- 30 extra positions, by 31 August 2019, from 989 at present to 1,019, for the area/topical departments and for the departments of a technical-managerial profile within the Ministry’s Central Office; all positions will be executive positions specific to the Ministry.
- 149 extra positions, by 31 August 2019, from 1,484 at present to 1,633, for the Ministry’s exterior service. Of these 149 extra positions, 132 are allocated for Romania’s Permanent Representation to the European Union, in order to supplement the team of experts that will chair, co-chair and provide expertise for the approximately 200 working groups of the Council of the EU, representing all ministries and public institutions that have prerogatives in the European affairs domain. Apart from the prerogative to prepare and actually chair the summits, the experts will organise informal summits with EU member states and will represent the Council of the EU in the negotiations with the European Commission and the European Parliament.