Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented, within a meeting in Brussels with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, “the latest developments in respect to the reform and the amendments of the judicial system of Romania.”
“The Prime Minister presented the latest developments in terms of reform and judicial system amendments, and showed that the completion of the CVM [the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism] remains an important objective on the governmental agenda,” reads the Gov’t release.
According to the quoted source, the meeting between Dancila and Juncker was occasioned by the Romanian PM’s visit to Brussels. The meeting was also attended by First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu.
In view of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2019, Dancila underscored the Romanian authorities’ commitment to ensure a successful mandate.
According to the Executive, she highlighted Romania’s objective to contribute, in a constructive manner, to drafting and promoting the European common interest, ensuring unity and cohesion among the member states and getting citizens close to the EU again. Moreover, she expressed the Romanian Gov’t’s wish to continue “the close and efficient cooperation” with the European Commission in order to facilitate the decision-making process at European level.
“The two officials agreed on the need of ensuring a general consensus for endorsing the objective that Romania had envisaged prior and during the Presidency of the EU Council, with the involvement of all institutional, social and political actors as a necessity,” the release mentions.
Dancila also presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council regarding the main files included on the European agenda, as well as the reflection process on the EU future, talks on the sidelines of the future Multi-Annual Financial Framework and negotiations regarding Brexit.
PM Dancila underscored the importance of the EC maintaining an approach regarding some proposals on the future Financial Framework which guarantees that the cohesion and common agriculture policies remain the main investment policies of the Union. She voiced her expectation that their important role be adequately reflected at the level of the related allocations, the release mentions.
Meeting with Commissioner Cretu: An occasion to voice Gov’t commitment to increase Romania’s intake of European funds
On a visit to Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also met European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu voicing strong commitment on the part of the Romanian government to increasing the country’s intake of European funds.
According to a press statement released by the government, Dancila thanked Cretu for the support from the European Commission to Romania for a better management of European funds.
“Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has reassured the European Commission of the firm commitment of the Romanian government to increasing the intake by Romania of European funds allocated for the financial programming 2014-2020.”
Dancila added that the government will keep up the sped-up pace of project appraisal and contracting in 2018 so that the proposed target of hundred percent absorption at the end of the programming period can be achieved.
“It is important to secure accelerated implementation of projects so that the volume of payments will increase in 2018 and 2019. Thus, the efforts of the Romanian government are focused on accelerating the implementation of the projects already admitted for financing, and on supporting the beneficiaries throughout the duration of the investment projects,” according to the statement.
Dancila said Romania has been concentrating its efforts on accelerating the implementation of projects already approved for financing during the year 2018, primarily by supporting the beneficiaries throughout the running of the investments, but also by opening all available credit lines. Dancila also indicated that the target set for 2018 is to reach an absorption rate of about 25 percent, including pre-financing.
At the same time, she added that Romania is also making efforts to ensure quality projects qualifying for European funding.
The discussions also addressed the post-2020 cohesion policy negotiations, including from the position of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019.
Dancila pointed out that Romania would appreciate greater flexibility for member states in allocating the budget to the objectives defined by the new regulatory framework so as to reduce the gaps in infrastructure development in key areas: telecommunications, transport, environment, energy, healthcare and education, says the statement.
The meeting also focused on how the EU member states and Romania will define and transpose after 2020 thematic priorities such as innovation, digitisation, transport, social affairs and infrastructure.
“Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said that Romania is proposing a constructive approach that will lead to a compromise that will reflect both the needs to meet the new challenges and the needs for achieving real convergence at the level of the European Union, by providing adequate funding for cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy,” the statement says.
Dancila and Cretu also discussed the latest developments in projects such as the M6 subway line in Bucharest City and three regional hospitals, as well as the submission of additional projects in the field of transport and road infrastructure.
Cross-border policy, migration, co-operation with Moldova, regional co-operation in the four-way format and the Danube Strategy were other topics addressed during the meeting.
Dancila invited Cretu to attend an international conference on the future of the cohesion policy to be held in Bucharest at the end of October.
In her turn, Cretu welcomed the legislative changes in the area of public procurement that set a deadline for the resolution of litigations. She also said that cohesion would be another priority of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council.
“As far as floods are concerned, Corina Cretu gave assurances that experts from the European Commission will be sent to Romania to contribute to the assessment of the situation caused by the heavy rainfall of late.”
European Commissioner for Budget accepts Prime Minister’s invitation to visit Romania
Romanian Premier had a meeting on Tuesday in Brussels, with European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger, who accepted the invitation addressed to him by the Romanian Prime Minister to visit Romania, a Government press release informs.
According to the press release, during the meeting, Viorica Dancila expressed her appreciation for the good cooperation with the European Commission and voiced confidence that it will continue in the same constructive manner, especially in the context of Romania’s preparations for and exercising of the presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first semester of next year.
“Prime Minister Viorica Dancila evoked the opportunity that holding the presidency of the EU Council represents for Romania in proving its deep attachment towards the European construct and in promoting the European interest. Romania’s Prime Minister also presented the main objectives that Romania will assume during the time of exercising its mandate of the EU Council presidency, in relation with a series of major European files, the exchange of opinions aimed primarily at the negotiations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-207, a priority file in European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger’s portfolio,” the quoted source specifies.
In the context, Viorica Dancila reaffirmed Romania’s interest and commitment to actively contribute during its mandate at the presidency of the EU Council, to identifying a consensus in making important decisions concerning the future multi-annual budget of the Union, which will allow for an efficient implementation and in good time of investment projects at the Union’s level.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of agreeing on some balanced solutions concerning the next Financial Framework, to reflect, alike, the need to further the economic and social convergence project at the level of the entire Union, as well as to ensure an adequate response to the new realities and challenges that the EU and the member states need to address.
The head of the Executive showed that Romania can contribute to facilitating a political agreement on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework post-2020, by organizing in Bucharest, at the end of October, an international conference concerning the future of cohesion policy.
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also pointed out the main interest elements for Romania, with respect to the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework post-2020, indicating the importance of maintaining a substantial allocation for the cohesion and common agricultural policies, of promoting solutions that will contribute to simplifying and to streamlining the implementation process for member states and beneficiaries of the European programmes and financial instruments.
She reiterated that Romania will support the allocation necessary to back the Union’s new priorities.
Creating a European framework which will ensure the conditions for promoting the employment facilities and geographic and professional mobility of workers, as well as adapting to the industrial transformations and the evolution of production systems represented another topic that was tackled during the meeting with Gunther Oettinger.
The Romanian Prime Minister and the European Commissioner have agreed to start in Bucharest, September through November, a dialogue at expert level on budget and Human Resources.
The European Commissioner for Budget and Resources thanked the Romanian Prime Minister for initiating a dialogue in good time with the European Commission representatives, underscoring that this demarche shows the Romanian Government’s interest in having a successful mandate at the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the release further mentions.
Attending the talks was also the Minister for European Funds, Rovana Plumb.