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Premier Dancila calls on ministries to handle Romania’s upcoming term at EU helm as a priority, with utmost responsibility

Premier Viorica Dancila chaired on Friday a new meeting of the Interministerial Committee on the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, asking the ministries on this occasion to handle all aspects that can contribute to Romania’s successfully fulfilling its term at the EU helm “as a priority, with utmost seriousness and responsible involvement,” the government said in a release.

The calendar of the informal meetings to be organized in Romania during the country’s holding the rotating Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2019 was adopted at the meeting, as well as the timetable of the actions preceding the term.

“The head of the government also acknowledged the stage and results so far of interinstitutional cooperation regarding the organization and the agenda of the meetings, the May 9, 2019 Summit in Sibiu included. According to the adopted timetables, there will be a balanced territorial and ministerial coverage of the said informal meetings,” the release said.

The PM voiced appreciation for Romania’s progress in preparing its first term at the Presidency of the EU Council, the cited source said.

Premier Dancila also asked the ministries to handle “as a priority, with utmost seriousness and responsible involvement” all aspects that could contribute to the success of Romania’s term, considering the complexity of the context of Romania’s exercising the rotating Presidency of the EU Council: the Brexit, the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework, and elections for the European Parliament.

“This is a country project we need to handle with utmost seriousness. It is highly important that we meet expectations and are prepared to meet our goals, having in view that we seek a performing term and Romania’s assessment as holder of the Presidency of the EU Council also depends on our capacity to manage and complete as many files as possible,” Dancila said as cited in the release.

On the same occasion, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu briefed the meeting on the relevant subjects and also offered details on the Visual Identity Guide of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, designed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry with its own resources; the nomination of the chairs and deputy chairs of the ministries’ working groups, the working out of the national fact sheets on legislative and non-legislative files that will come in focus during the term, and the outcomes of the debates at the “EU-RO 2019” Forum on the subjects of interest during Romania’s Presidency.

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