Romania will host 288 meetings during this semester
The budget earmarked for the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union will be known at the end of the exercise of this office, but it ranges from 60 to 80 million euro, Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba stated at a press conference on Monday.
He added that many of the events that will be organised during our country’s presidency “will try to outline the national strong points, will try to outline Romania’s comparative advantages.”
“We will know the earmarked budget only at the end of the exercise, it ranges from 60 to 80 million euro. It’s a rational budget vis-à-vis the fact that we are holding the presidency for the first time and, at the same time, considering the size of our country. At the same time, it’s a rational budget considering the order of business we are planning, which is ambitious, the number of meetings on various levels being more ambitious compared to the previous presidency,” Ciamba stated.
He added that Romania will host 288 meetings, most of them in Bucharest, but also in Iasi, Sibiu, Cluj, Constanta, Brasov, and Alba Iulia. Ciamba stated that 22 informal ministerial meetings will take place in Brussels, at the level of ministers, but there will also be 1,677 technical working group meetings.
At the same time, Ciamba talked about the expenditures incurred by taking over and holding the presidency, which “are split between the institutions responsible with preparing and implementing the mandate of Romania’s presidency of the Council of the European Union.”
“The process of procuring the goods and services needed for a proper unfolding of the events was accomplished by using normal instruments, there is no special instrument vis-à-vis the presidency,” Ciamba said.
“Our vision for the future is focused around European cohesion”
The vision that Romania is projecting as country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is that of European cohesion, this being one of the key-ideas of this mandate, Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba said Monday.
According to him, a key-objective is the negotiation of the future financial framework for the period 2021 – 2027.
“At this important stage, we believe that the EU needs more than ever more unity and more cohesion. We are positive that the vision we are projecting for the future must be projected around cohesion. That is why Romania’s Presidency has as key-idea cohesion as a political value, which ensures the unity of the member states – a very important message that we must give the moment when the EU is facing some changes (…). At the same time, cohesion has an economic dimension, directly linked to convergence. (…) Let us not forget that Romania has performed very well in the European Union,” George Ciamba said at the Victoria Governmental Palace.
He brought to mind that the four pillars of Romania’s mandate are “Europe of convergence,” “Europe of security,” “Europe – regional player,” as well as “Europe of common values.”
Ciamba on Brexit: Important our action be well prepared in worst case scenario
Romania is prepared as president of the Council of the European Union for a no-deal Brexit, on Monday said Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba.
“I believe the most important thing we should say is that a significant moment is given by the date of 29 March 2019, when the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland withdraws from the European Union. I think that for our citizens as well, the subjects related to the Brexit are very topical. Until 29 March, we have 15 January, when the British Parliament, the House of Commons vote on the withdrawal agreement of the UK from the EU, together with the political declaration associated to it,” Ciamba elaborated.
The minister delegate also talked about the “worst case” scenario on this topic.
“I believe it will be very important for our legislative action, in the worst case in which we shall have a messy alternative, to be very well prepared and prompt. We already are in contact with the Commission and all of the institutional factors, so that we can perform, because basically should we somehow get to an accident we do not wish, it will be very important what we shall do from the point of view of the European legislation that must be endorsed. This is not only about what the Commission can do technically speaking (…) it is about what the member states have to do at the Council’s level and here Romania is prepared to play an important part. Hopefully it won’t be necessary,” Ciamba stressed.
The minister delegate also emphasised that one of the major files of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council is the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework.
EU Affairs Minister to attend GAC meeting on Tuesday, Romanian Presidency’s priorities high on agenda
Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba will attend on Tuesday the meeting of the General Affairs Council (GAC), with Romania’s list of priorities while holding the helm of the EU Council topping the event’s agenda.
“Tomorrow I’ll attend the General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels chaired by Romania. This is also the first ministerial meeting chaired by our country. (…) The first topic will be the presentation of priorities, the second will be the multi-annual financial framework, a subject I suggest that we approach constantly. It will be on the agenda of all the meetings at my level. It will also be discussed at technical level, and we will prepare the ground for a political discussion at the time we consider it can garner consensus among the various institutional actors and the various member countries,” Ciamba emphasized.
The Minister Delegate for European Affairs said that one of the topics at the GAC meeting will be the combat of misinformation.
“To us, it is important to protect the European Parliament elections from any kind of outside interference and I think that a European debate on misinformation and cyber attacks is very important, for us to look at how this kind of action may disturb or sometimes even destabilize electoral processes, it is better to do it before than at the moment they occur,” added the Minister Delegate for European Affairs.