Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Wednesday that the final program form of the presidency of the Council of the European Union will be voted shortly in the Romanian Parliament.
“I want to assure you from the very beginning that Romania is ready to take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. We are prepared both from an organizational and logistic point of view, but also from the point of view of the program that we have for taking over the presidency,” declared Dancila at the beginning of the meeting of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament and of the Government of Romania, which is taking place at Victoria Palace.
The prime minister welcomed the presence in Bucharest of the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament.
“We appreciate your presence here, in the Centennial Year, a year in which Romania celebrates one hundred years since the Greater Union. We enjoy your presence here, on the first visit prior to the taking over of the presidency of the Council of the European Union by Romania on 1 January 2019,” said Dancila.
She pointed out that the talks at the meeting will focus on important topics for the European Union, stating that the subjects related to Romania’s preparation for the presidency of the EU Council “will bring added value”.
“At the same time, it will help us to see common points regarding both the future presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament,” Dancila said.
The head of the Bucharest Government said that during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, many events will be held in Romania and in Brussels.
“The program includes four distinct points: a Europe of cohesion, which is also the motto of the presidency of the Council of the European Union held by Romania – ‘Europe of the European common values’, a Europe of security, the boost of the European Union’s global role and, of course, the promotion of the European values,” said Viorica Dancila.
“Romania intends to have ambitious, yet realistic presidency of EU Council”
Prime minister Viorica Dancila said on Wednesday that Romania intends to have an “ambitious, but also realistic” presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“Romania intends to have an ambitious, but also realistic presidency. I say ambitious because we want to give a positive answer to the ongoing challenges at a European level, that we aim to solve as many cases as we can, that are on the Presidency’s desk, but, at the same time, a realistic one as well, because this, as well as many of the challenges are not just up to Romania, they rely on a political agreement, a co-decision between the European institutions, and I am referring to the European Parliament, the European Commission, and, of course, the European Council,” Prime minister Viorica Dancila said during a joint statement with the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.
EP’s Tajani: High time to speed up Romania’s accession to Schengen
It is high time to speed up Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area, on Wednesday said the European Parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani, in Bucharest.
“I think it is high time to speed up Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area, so as to better guarantee our borders and security, countries on standby must access the Schengen faster,” Antonio Tajani said during the joint press statements with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, at the end of the meeting of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament with the Romanian Government, organised in view of Romania’s taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union as of 1 January 2019.