The main objective of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU should be to strengthen the international status and prestige of Romania as a member of the European Union, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila told a plenary session of Parliament on Wednesday. She was invited to speak to the plenum of Parliament to present the current status of the process of preparation for Romania’s taking over the semestral presidency of the Council of the European Union in January 2019.
“The main objective should be to strengthen Romania’s international status and prestige as a member state of the European Union capable of fulfilling its responsibilities in pursuing the common European objectives. Romania’s prestige will be influenced not only by what is achieved during its tenure, but also how the results are achieved. There is an opportunity to demonstrate political maturity, high professionalism in managing complex institutional challenges, as well as bargaining and building compromise skills in the European decision-making process,” said Dancila.
She stated that Romania will seek to achieve concrete results for the citizens through the activity that it will carry out when holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“Romania will seek, through the activity that it will carry out at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, to achieve concrete results for the citizens and make the most of the benefits that a solid, powerful and cohesive Union can bring to each citizen,” Dancila stated.
According to the Executive head, Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will seek that the Union’s policies permanently refer to the principle of cohesion among the member states and the various social-economic categories.
“We take into account cohesion both as a common European value and as an expression of unity among the European Union’s states and regions,” the PM added.
Premier tells Parliament that EU internal security is one of priority aspects of interest for Romania
“The internal security of the European Union represents one of the priority aspects of interest for Romania”, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also stated in the plenary sitting of Parliament.
“The internal security of the European Union represents one of the priority aspects of interest for Romania. (…) Ensuring the security of the external border represents one of the most important guarantees for the efficient functioning of the freedom, security and justice space, and the implementation of the Schengen assessment mechanism, of the computer systems developed at the European Union level and their inter-operability will be extremely important topics included on our agenda. We will try to explore new ways of tackling this topic, this is why the topic of managing in a coherent and unitary manner the migration flows will remain an important one,” Dancila stated.
Eastern Partnership – a priority of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council
She underlined that Eastern Partnership remains a priority of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“In what concerns the substantiality of the European Union’s policy in the vicinity, the Eastern Partnership will remain a priority of the Presidency, considering also the fact that during our mandate we will celebrate ten years since the launch of the Partnership. Thematically, the Romanian presidency will pay a special attention to the extension of the benefits of the Free Trade Agreement already in force and the inter-connectivity with the most advanced states of the Eastern Partnership. A special emphasis will be placed on the consolidation of the concrete reactions of the European Union towards the European aspirations of the Republic of Moldova,” Dancila told the plenary sitting of Parliament.
According to the head of the Executive, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will seek to continue to raising awareness about the benefits for the citizens and the authorities supporting the European goal, while pleading for Moldova to ensure the necessary criteria to maintain the European perspective of the Republic of Moldova within credible parameters.