French Minister of European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau on Thursday stated that she trusted Romania’s capacity to bring Council of EU presidency to a good end.
“We came to Bucharest for the inauguration of the Romanian presidency at the Council of EU, in order to hold consultations with the Romanian government related to this semesters’ priorities, for this semester is going to be essential for the EU history. (…) I trust Romania’s capacity to bring to a good end the presidency at the Council of EU. A successful presidency is one that is committed, has vision, is impartial and exemplary. We have a long and repeated experience of European presidencies and we will be by Romania’s side to make this presidency a success,” said Loiseau, in a meeting with the media.
She also mentioned that this semester would be like “a turning point,” for there will be Brexit to deal with, and the elections to the European Parliament, in the context in which part of the candidates will come with a pro-European programme and other with a wish for weakening the EU.
“We both agree, the Romanian side and the French side, that all that will happen in the next six months must lead to the strengthening of the EU,” said the French Minister.
According to her, the motto of the Romanian presidency of the Council of EU is cohesion.
“This presidency will be based on four directions of action. The first is convergence. For convergence becomes very important in a time when we are working on the future multiannual financial framework. We must be able to overcome all these new challenges facing the EU, while also keeping the policies that bring added value to the EU and have already proved their efficiency. (…) We know how committed Romania is to the cohesion policy. For us cohesion means fiscal convergence, social convergence and no divergence, if possible, in the rule of law,” said the French official.
Another priority of Romania’s presidency of the Council of EU is security, according to Loiseau.
“We support this priority and we wish 2019 to be the first year when we implement the programme that supports the European defence industries. We want to finalize the discussions regarding the European defence fund and to make progresses in the European defence field. This doesn’t mean that we need to work against the Atlantic alliance, on the contrary, we need to strengthen the European pillar of this alliance, for this serves everyone’s interest. Also, by doing this we will strengthen our strategic autonomy, in the context in which the EU’s security stakes do not always coincide with those of our partners,” said the French Minister.
The third priority mentioned by the French official for Romania’s presidency of the Council is the place that the Union occupies in the world.
“In this field, we wish for the Romanian presidency to make progresses in creating a common European asylum system,” stated Loiseau.
According to her, Romania’s place in the world also means defending multilateral trade.
She further brought to mind that the fourth priority of Romania’s mandate is represented by the European values, which also include the rule of law.
She mentioned that she discussed with the Romanian side about the Romanian presidency of the Council of EU and about the France-Romania bilateral relations.
Ciamba highlights in meeting with Loiseau Romania’s interest in ensuring successful EU Council Presidency mandate
Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba highlighted, in the meeting on Thursday with his French counterpart Nathalie Loiseau, Romania’s interest in ensuring a successful mandate at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release, the Romanian official highlighted “Romania’s interest in ensuring a successful mandate at the EU Council Presidency, in close cooperation with the European member states and institutions, meant to make the European agenda progress of a consensual and efficient manner, to the citizens’ benefit, with a focus on the transversal political objective of ensuring economic, social and territorial cohesion on a European level.”
The discussions emphasised the similarity of positions between Romania and France on some current priorities of the EU agenda. Moreover, they underscored the importance of concluding an agreement on the future Multiannual Financial Framework this autumn at the latest and of keeping an important role for the Common Agricultural Policy in the future budget of the Union.
MAE mentions that the two officials also reiterated that Romania and France are strategic partners sharing the goal of a stronger, more efficient and more democratic Union, and closer to its citizens and are closely collaborating to achieve this goal, including in the perspective of the Summit in Sibiu on Europe’s future, of 9 May.
On the occasion of the meeting, the special nature of the bilateral relation was also reaffirmed, as well as the opening to dialogue and a strengthened cooperation with the French partners, including during the first exercise of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the EU.
PM Dancila meets French Minister for European Affairs, discuss updating roadmap for Declaration of Partnership
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, during a meeting she had with the French Minister for European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, highlighted the steps made in updating the roadmap for the Declaration of Strategic Partnership.
During the meeting they had on Thursday at the Victoria Palace the two officials approached issues of interest on the agenda of bilateral relations, as well as topical issues on the European agenda, in the context in which Romania is exercising the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.
“They highlighted the close cooperation relations existing between the two countries in numerous fields, reflecting the Strategic Partnership in place between Romania and France. The Romanian dignitary also mentioned the modalities of development and diversification of bilateral cooperation, while underscoring the steps made so far in updating the roadmap for the Declaration of Strategic Partnership,” reads a release of the Government.
In this context, the Romanian official appreciated the France-Romania season, which has recently been successfully inaugurated, in both countries, offering an excellent occasion for both countries to present a multitude of contemporary images of Romania and, respectively, France, in various fields of activity, and to strengthen bilateral cooperation in such fields as culture, science and economy.
“She also brought to mind how important the Romanian community in France is and its rich contribution to the strengthening of the bilateral economic relations and the development of both states,” according to the same release.
Moreover, the Prime Minister underscored the fact that the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU is exercised by Romania in a special European context, marked by a series of complex processes, such as the negotiation for the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the Brexit and the clarification of the future relations with UK, the elections to the European Parliament to be held in May 2019, followed by a new institutional cycle of the EU, the informal Summit in Sibiu and the reflection process on the future of Europe.
The Romanian PM briefly pointed out the priorities of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU, built on four pillars/large directions of actions, namely a Europe of convergence, Europe of safety, Europe – global player and Europe of common values.
“She underscored that all projects considered in this context have cohesion at their core, hence the motto “Cohesion, a common European value.” During the meeting, the two dignitaries had an exchange of opinions on the main topics on the European agenda,” reads the same release.
The Romanian PM also reiterated our country’s objective of adhering to the Schengen Zone, while underscoring that all the necessary technical conditions were long met.
In her turn, the French Minister for European Affairs reviewed France’s interest in “finalizing the auctions in the maritime defence field, as well as for the other projects that France promotes in the anti-aircraft field, production of helicopters and the civil nuclear field.”
“During the discussions they also tackled the topic of modification of the justice laws, as well as the one related to the violation of the human rights. Moreover, they had an exchange of opinions with respect to the fake news topic, underscoring the need to promote the fight against online misinformation,” reads the release.