European Parliament President Antonio Tajani stated on Tuesday, after meeting Premier Viorica Dancila, that he asked the Romanian Government to continue to consolidate the rule of law, to continue the fight against corruption.
Antonio Tajani told ex-MEP Viorica Dancila “Welcome home!”
The EP President pointed out that they discussed the importance of the EU Presidency that Romania will hold, in view of the adoption of the multiannual budget, of Brexit, and of the integration process in the Balkans.
“I’ve asked the Romanian Government to continue to consolidate the rule of law, to continue the fight against corruption, for transparency and competitiveness. The Prime Minister assured me about her openness to collaborate with the European Parliament and to come to the plenary meeting of Parliament to talk about Romania’s projects and to hold a debate on the future of Europe,” Antonio Tajani added.
“I’ll come talk before the European Parliament about the future of Europe, a future in which Romania must be an active party, an involved party, considering the Presidency and the challenges,” Viorica Dancila pointed out.
Tajani: Romanian Presidency of EU Council in 2019 is important for adopting multiannual financial framework before Euro-elections
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said at the end of the meeting with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila that the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in 2019 is important first of all for the adoption of the multiannual financial framework before the European Parliament (EP) elections, adding that the EP counts on working with the Romanian presidency to achieve this goal.
“We stressed the importance of the Romanian presidency, first of all for the adoption of the multiannual financial framework. The Parliament insists on the final approval of the multiannual financial framework before the European elections, so in this mandate, and we also count on the cooperation with the Romanian presidency. We also discussed about the need for the European budget to grow, but we would not want the money to come from the citizens’ pocket, but as the Parliament will propose over the next few days, by taxing the digital economy,” the EP president said in a joint press declaration with the Romanian prime minister.
According to Tajani, another point of talks with Prime Minister Dancila addressed the Brexit file.
“We have talked about another important element that will be Brexit. The vote of the European Parliament will mean the end of this process and the collaboration with the Romanian presidency will be extremely important also from this point of view,” the EP President said.
He also stressed that the Romanian presidency of the EU Council “will also have an important role to play in the integration process of the Balkans.”
“It will continue what the Bulgarian and Austrian presidencies will do, and given that Romania has an in-depth knowledge of the Balkan realities,” said Antonio Tajani.
Dancila: We talked about the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU
Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Tuesday, in Brussels, after meeting European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, that she discussed with him the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a presidency Romanian will take over on 1 January 2019.
“We talked about the presidency of Romania [set to start] on 1 January 2019, about the challenges that Romania must respond to… Brexit, the multi-annual financial framework. President Antonio Tajani and I fully agreed on the increase of the budget or on keeping a budget at the same level but at the same time supporting the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy. I believe a good cooperation is beneficial for Europe, is beneficial for Romania, and the fact that my first visit in my capacity as Prime Minister was here, in Brussels, at the European institutions, shows the European dimension I want to give to my Government. I’m convinced it will be a very good collaboration, I’m convinced the President of the European Parliament will be involved in helping us in what concerns the Presidency of the Council of the European Union,” Viorica Dancila stated in a joint press statement with the European Parliament President.
The Romanian Premier emphasised that, bearing in mind the presidency that Romania will hold in 2019 and the challenges on the EU agenda, she will talk before the European Parliament about “the future of Europe, in which Romania must be an active party, an involved party.”
She expressed her conviction that a fair, transparent collaboration between the Romanian Government and the President of the European Parliament will bring about “added value” when Romania holds the presidency of the Council of the EU.
“At the same time, I’m convinced that, during Romania’s presidency, together we will make all efforts to reach a political agreement in what concerns the multi-annual financial framework,” Dancila added.
Premier Dancila is in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday, on her first trip abroad as Head of the Romanian Government.
On Tuesday, she met European Council President Donald Tusk and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. On Wednesday, she will meet European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.
According to a press release of the Executive, the visit’s main objective is the strengthening of the dialogue between Romania’s Prime Minister and Government and the European institutions, at the highest level, in preparation of Romania taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, from 1 January 2019,” a Romanian Government’s press release informs.
The premier will present Romania’s priorities for the upcoming period, with an emphasis on the main European dossiers, such as the Union’s post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, including Romania’s role in the future negotiations.
“The Prime Minister will highlight the importance Romania grants the maintenance of important allocations to the cohesion and agricultural policies. Moreover, aspects related to the strengthening of the European design, internal security, the EU neighbourhood policy, and the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union, as well as issues of interest in view of the 2019 European elections will be tackled,” the quoted source specifies.
The Government further informs that the visit will occasion the reiteration of Romania’s commitment to constructively contribute to the management of current challenges and the strengthening of the EU’s unity and cohesion, by assuring an efficient mandate that allows for the obtainment of positive results throughout the Presidency to the Council of the EU, included.
PM Dancila reiterates Romania’s support for European project’s enhancement at meeting with European Council’s Tusk
Prime minister Viorica Dancila on Tuesday reiterated at a meeting with the European Council’s President Donald Tusk, Romania’s strong support for the enhancement of the European project.
Moreover, Viorica Dancila mentioned the interest that “the agenda of the future Presidency of the EU Council our country is due to hold in the first half of 2019, to answer the European citizens’ expectations.”
Prime minister Dancila confirmed her personal commitment to the advancement of the preparation process, saying that to assure the conditions necessary for the professional and efficient carrying out of Romania’s mandate to the EU Council is a gov’t’s priority goal, a release by the Romanian Government reads.
The head of the Executive reconfirmed her attachment and that of the government to the European values and principles. Moreover, Dancila expressed the Romanian gov’t’s openness to closely cooperate with the European Council’s President in the administration of the agenda’s files, as well as to successfully organise the European informal summit in Sibiu regarding Europe’s future, due on 9 May 2019, the source adds.
Premier Dancila expressed Romania’s support for the constructive unfolding of the talks on the future EU Multiannual Financial Framework, for the benefit of the European project’s progress.
The Romanian premier stressed the importance given by Romania to the development of the relations with the Eastern Partnership countries, reconfirming Romania’s strong backing for the European roadmap of the Republic of Moldova, pleading for the furthering of the EU’s support in the implementation of the reform process circumscribed to the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU.
The Premier referred to the visit she intends to pay next week in Chisinau.
In his turn, the European Council’s President emphasised his openness to closely work with our country, in the period of Romania’s Presidency to the EU Council, included, and underlined the role the central and East-European countries could have in the strengthening of the European project.