Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated in Strasbourg Romania’s commitment to being a reliable partner in the EU decision-making process during our country’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, a Gov’t press release informs.
Prime minister Viorica Dancila and members of the Government attended on Monday evening in Strasbourg an official dinner offered by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. Attending the event were also EP Vice-President Ioan Mircea Pascu, EP Secretary General Klaus Welle, S & D Group Chairman Udo Bullman, EPP Group Vice-President Marian Jean Marinescu, ECR Group Vice-President Olaf Henckel, ALDE Group Vice-President Norica Nicolai, co-chairpersons of the Romanian delegation in EPP – Adina Valean and Teodor Stolojan, the Romanian delegation leader in S & D – Dan Nica, EP President’s Chief of Staff – Diego Vanga Fano and representatives of SGCONS.
The Romanian delegation included Carmen Dan – Minister of Internal Affairs, Rovana Plumb – Minister of European Funds, Teodor Melescanu – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eugen Teodorovici – Minister of Public Finance, Marius Constantin Budai – Minister of Labor and George Ciamba – Minister-delegate for European Affairs.
“Prime minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romania’s commitment to being a reliable partner in the EU decision-making process during our country’s presidency of the EU Council. In this context, the prime minister expressed the desire to advance as many of the legislative files in the first part of the term of the Romanian presidency. Viorica Dancila assured her interlocutors of the complete availability of the Government of Romania to a sustained institutional cooperation, in view of consolidating the European Union and bringing it closer to the citizens,” reads the release.
The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani wished good luck to Romania’s presidency of the EU Council, the first presidency since accession, and expressed his openness and that of the European Parliament to closely work and cooperate with a view to closing the legislative files, the Gov’t release further shows.
EU funds Minister Plumb: Romania is ready, as Presidency for any kind of scenario on Brexit
Romania is prepared, as Presidency, for any scenario on Brexit, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb said in Strasbourg on Tuesday, adding she would like the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union to be made on the basis of an agreement that means enhanced protection for the Romanian citizens living in the UK.
“Just as Prime Minister [Viorica Dancila – ed.n.] has stated, the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union is regrettable, but as far as our Presidency is concerned, we are ready for any scenario. What is important is the vote today in the British Parliament. Our desire is to have an agreement because this also means, as negotiated, a protection of the Romanian citizens living in the UK as well as of the British working and living in Romania. Generally, at EU level, everything involving the protection of the citizens’ rights and not only that, is of course diminished through this agreement,” said Rovana Plumb during a meeting with Romanian journalists at the European Parliament.
“We will see, depending on the outcome of today’s vote [Tuesday, ed.n.] that we are expecting, we are open to dialogue, we are discussing with the member states and the other European institutions in such a way as to find the best option, but I repeat, Romania is prepared as Presidency for any kind of scenario on Brexit,” stressed the minister of European Funds.