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Premier Dancila gives assurances in Brussels that democracy is “irreversible” in Romania

Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Tuesday, in Brussels, that democracy is a choice that Romania is committed to, an irreversible choice that represents “the incontestable result of our European road.”

The Romanian Prime Minister gave a speech at the opening of the ‘Cores and Peripheries in Europe? A Europe NEXT Project’ conference organised in Brussels by the ASPEN Institute.

“Democracy represents the incontestable result of our European road, a choice we are committed to and which cannot be reversible. We are Europe. The future of Europe means our future and our contribution to a better and safer world. The consensual and pragmatic approach to any project to reform the EU is essential for the viability of the entire undertaking. This is a solid premise for the EU’s evolution into a more integrated and stronger construct capable of capitalising on its successful projects and policies in order to live up to the challenges within the EU but also outside its borders. From this standpoint, we are working together so that the Summit in Sibiu, a major event, would mark the launch of discussions ahead of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, relevant even more so against the backdrop of Brexit. (…) It should send a clear, positive signal regarding the capacity to work together in the same direction, for the consolidation of a united project dedicated to peace and the observance of human rights and freedoms and social values,” Viorica Dancila stated on Tuesday in Brussels.

The Head of Government added that Romania will continue to support European values and the Presidency of the Council of the EU will be a test of maturity for our country.

“As a member state strongly attached to European values, and as a state that will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Romania will support the fundamental principles of unity, convergence and equal treatment. We still need a Union that leaves no member state behind in its bid to accede to the EU. Against the wider backdrop, I consider that Romania has always had a consensual approach. We will have the opportunity to reconfirm the maturity of our European state and to influence the future of the European construct, having dossiers that concern migration, the reform of the Euro Area, innovation, the strengthening of the Union in its neighbourhood. At the same time, we will have the responsibility of shaping our conduct, acting in the interest of all member states and in the interest of their citizens,” Dancila added.

She also brought up the speech she gave last week during the solemn session of the Romanian Parliament, which marked the Centenary of the Great Union, pointing out that she pleaded for a more European and a more united Romania.

“Last week, when celebrating the Centenary, I addressed the Romanian Parliament, pleading for a more united and a more European Romania. My vision for Europe is the same, a stronger and – why not – a more European Europe through the promotion of European values and membership of the European space,” Viorica Dancila explained.

At the same time, the Romanian Premier also talked about Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area, saying that even though our country has made efforts in this regard “it has not received an answer for almost 10 years.”

Premier Viorica Dancila, alongside other members of Government, is paying an official visit to Brussels, on December 4-5, against the backdrop in which Romania is set to take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU in January 2019.

 

I will take the necessary steps to bring Romania into the Eurozone in 2024

 

Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has said that she will take the necessary steps to bring Romania into the Eurozone in 2024.

“Romania has committed itself to joining the Eurozone once it fulfills all of the conditions, and recently we have set a clear time horizon for this goal: 2024. In my turn, I pledge to take the necessary steps to lead my country in that direction,” Dancila said in Brussels on Tuesday in Brussels, at a debate on the future of the European Union called ” Cores and Peripheries in Europe? A Europe NEXT Project,” organised by the Aspen Romania Institute at the Permanent Representation of Romania with the EU.

She added that Romania “has never hesitated to openly consider any initiative aimed at deepening European co-operation.”

“At the same time, we expect every initiative to openly look at Romania. We have the moral authority to address this issue, all the more so as Romania’s efforts to join the Schengen Area have not received a response for nearly 10 years. However, we are successfully providing security to an extended portion of the European Union by actively contributing to the process of strengthening security tools at European level,” Dancila said.

Next item on the prime minister’s schedule in Brussels was a meeting with Romanian MEPs at the headquarters of the Representation.

On Wednesday, Dancila and members of the Romanian government will attend a joint meeting of the Romanian Government and the European Commission.

 

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