President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani reiterated on Tuesday, within a joint press conference with Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, the support of the European Parliament for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, mentioning, at the same time, that the institution counts on the support of the Romanian Presidency for completing several important files.
“First of all, I want to underscore the support of the European Parliament for Romania’s Presidency [of the EU Council] and, just as I had the opportunity to tell you within our bilateral meetings, hard work is needed in view of reaching a solution in respect to the migration package. The Dublin Reform is a priority of the European Parliament, that wishes very much to reach an agreement with the member states in respect to the migration package. We need to do more, the solution lays in the hands of the Council and this is why we are trying to collaborate as much as possible with Romania’s Presidency,” Antonio Tajani stated.
Among the important events scheduled to take place in the next six months, EP President Tajani also mentioned Brexit, the elections to the European Parliament, as well as the negotiation of the Multiannual Financial Framework.
PM Dancila: Core objective of Romanian Presidency at the Council of EU is to contribute to a more united and cohesive Europe
The core objective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is to contribute to the creation of a more united and more cohesive Europe, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Tuesday in Strasbourg.
“On the occasion of today discussions I showed that the core objective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is to contribute to the creation of a more united and more cohesive Europe. This is also the reason for which we chose as motto of our presidency cohesion as a common European value. I appreciated the support expressed by President Tajani in the discussions that we had about this core objective of our presidency of the Council of the European Union. We agreed during our dialogue that, without a united, cohesive Europe, we cannot hope to give the necessary answers to the current challenges facing the Union and to obtain concrete results that our citizens expect,” said Dancila, at the joint press conference she held with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.
PM Dancila: Activation of Article 7 for Romania cannot become reality; rule of law not violated
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Tuesday that one cannot speak about the activation of Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union in the case of Romania, underlining that in our country the rule of law is not violated.
Dancila was asked in the joint press conference with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, in Strasbourg, who would be the allies of Romania if Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union were activated against the Romanian Government, given that Poland and Hungary, against which the procedure was initiated, are mutually supportive.
“With regard to the activation of Article 7 and allies, I believe that Romania should not think of allies, because the activation of Article 7 for Romania cannot become reality, because in Romania the rule of law is not violated. So, we cannot speak about activating Article 7 in this situation. I would not want to put Romania alongside Hungary, Poland and I would not want to talk about this, because in Romania the rule of law is observed and I do not think a discussion about this aspect is useful,” Viorica Dancila answered.
“Guy Verhofstadt’s speech, totally inappropriate; division emphasized”
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila deemed as “totally inappropriate” the speech of President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt held on Tuesday, in the context in which the head of the Romanian executive presented at the plenary session in Strasbourg the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
“A totally inappropriate speech [that of Guy Verhofstadt, ed.n.], a speech that I, as Prime Minister, did not accept and I do not accept. I have said every time that I did not come here to do any explaining, and what the leader of the ALDE political group said seems to me totally inappropriate and completely unrealistic. I believe that by what Verhofstadt said he has dealt a blow to internal problems, has brought a lot of disinformation and he has shown a totally hostile attitude towards Romania and the Romanians. I believe this is precisely what should not happen and this attitude is exactly the one that does not find its place in the European institutions,” Dancila said on Tuesday at private TV broadcaster Antena 3.
She considered that Guy Verhofstadt had an electoral speech and that he wanted to gain visibility.
“While I was talking about unity, about a Europe in which we promote cohesion, Verhofstadt, the leader of the ALDE political group, tried to emphasize division, tried to split the states in some where certain things are accepted and some other states in which these things are forbidden and I believe that this attitude wards off citizens from the pro-European path and does not bring them closer. Mr. Verhofstadt had an electoral speech and I think the personal interest, the visibility he wanted to gain, was to the detriment of the gain which the European citizens must have,” the prime minister said.
Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the ALDE group in the EP, affirmed in his speech in the European Parliament that the Romanian presidency takes over two instances of Article 7 of the treaty being triggered, in Hungary and Poland’s case.
I hope that during your presidency there will not be a new Article 7, a third case. A case against your government. And I must tell you, you are not very far from that. You are getting closer to the procedure triggering Article 7 by ignoring the recommendations of the Venice Commission,” he held.