European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the College of Commissioners will be in Bucharest, on Thursday and Friday, to mark the official start of the Romanian Presidency. Jean Claude Juncker will hold meetings and take part in joint press statements with President Klaus Iohannis and Premier Viorica Dancila. Likewise, Juncker will meet the Speakers of Parliament, Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Liviu Dragnea.
“European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the College of Commissioners will be in Bucharest on January 10-11, to mark the official start of the Romanian Presidency,” the European Commission informs.
On Thursday, January 10, President Juncker will give a speech on this occasion, as will Premier Viorica Dancila, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, and European Council President Donald Tusk.
On Friday, the European Commission President will meet President Klaus Iohannis and Premier Viorica Dancila.
According to the official schedule, the two meetings will be followed by joint press statements.
The schedule of the visit also includes meetings with Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and House Speaker Liviu Dragnea.
On Friday, January 11, the College of Commissioners will meet the Romanian President and the Romanian Prime Minister, in order to discuss the priorities of the Romanian Presidency.
Iohannis to discuss with European Commission the main European files and say Romania wants to exercise a successful presidency
President Klaus Iohannis will meet the European commissioners on Friday to discuss the main European files that Romania will manage while holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Head of State will convey that Romania wants to exercise a successful presidency, oriented toward concrete results.
“Romanian President Mr Klaus Iohannis will welcome the members of the European Commission (College of Commissioners) on Friday, January 11th, at the Cotroceni Palace. On this occasion, the Romanian President will meet European Commission President Mr Jean-Claude Juncker,” the Presidential Administration announced on Wednesday.
The visit of the members of the European Commission takes place against the backdrop in which Romania has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) on 1 January 2019. At the start of each semester, the College of Commissioners pays a visit to the member state holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU.
“The topic of the talks will concern the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, with an emphasis on the main European files that Romania will manage during this period. The Romanian President will emphasise that our country exercising the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time will represent a good opportunity to reaffirm our commitment in favour of the consolidation of the European project,” the aforementioned source pointed out.
The Presidential Administration adds that the Head of State will outline the fact that Romania wants to exercise a successful presidency “oriented toward concrete results that would contribute to advancing the European agenda, nevertheless taking into account the complex context in which it will carry out its activity in the next six months.”