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September 30, 2022

Government: PM Dancila discusses with President Iohannis on Romania’s presidency of EU Council

On Wednesday, Premier Viorica Dancila and President Klaus Iohannis discussed, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, the stage of the preparations for Romania’s takeover of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in January 2019, the Government informs.

“Today, July 18, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with President Klaus Werner Iohannis, which tackled aspects regarding Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in what concerns both the stage of the preparation of dossiers and topics of interest and the technical aspects regarding infrastructure and scheduling. The priorities included in the working schedule of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU were reviewed, and the timetable of actions that the Government plans to organise in the first part of next year was discussed,” reads a Government press release.

Emphasised during the talks between the Premier and the Head of State was Romania’s objective to contribute “to defining and promoting the common European interest, ensuring the unity and cohesion of the member states, and bringing European Union citizens close again,” according to the mentioned source.

Premier Dancila presented the objectives that Romania will undertake while it holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU, in relation to a series of major European dossiers. She reiterated that the Government has taken the commitment “to actively contribute, during the mandate, to the identification of a consensus, to the taking of important decisions regarding the topics and dossiers on the agenda, and to the need to ensure an adequate response to the new realities and challenges that the Union and the member states must handle,” the mentioned source adds.

The meeting between Premier Dancila and the Head of State started at 10.30 a.m. and lasted less than an hour, against the backdrop in which the official agenda posted on the Presidency’s website pointed out that at 11.30 a.m. President Klaus Iohannis was scheduled to meet Karin Kneissel, Austria’s Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

Wednesday morning’s meeting between Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and President Klaus Iohannis also took place against the backdrop of rumours that the Executive wants to adopt a Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO) on amnesty and pardoning.

The Government held a meeting on Tuesday, Government Spokesperson Nelu Barbu subsequently stating that no document on amnesty or pardoning was brought up during the meeting. He pointed out that another Government meeting will take place on Thursday because, with the parliamentary recess approaching, “there are legislative acts that must be adopted and bear no delay.”

This week, public rumours appeared according to which the Government plans to issue a Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO) on amnesty and pardoning. This would be the last week in which the Dancila Cabinet can issue GEOs, since Thursday is the last day of the extraordinary session and it would no longer be necessary to convene Parliament for a subsequent adoption.

Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu, the leaders of the PSD-ALDE coalition, dismissed the allegations according to which the Executive plans to adopt such an emergency ordinance.


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