Romania took over the rotating Presidency of the EU Council having a firm pro-European conviction that will guide our country in advancing the community agenda, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Thursday in the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels.
“We started on this path led by a firm pro-European conviction that guides us in advancing the European agenda. Moreover, the Romanian citizens are among the citizens having the highest confidence in the European institutions, and even today, their aspirations and support for the EU remained solid and positive, a fact confirmed by the opinion polls,” the Prime Minister said.
She underscored the role of the European Economic and Social Committee in acting as an intermediary between the decision makers and the citizens.
“I want to develop a tight cooperation in order to ensure that the solutions and decisions which are to be made during the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council are as close as possible to the citizens and our social realities,” Dancila added.
The Romanian PM highlighted that the next six months represent a decisive period in which it must be demonstrated that the measures taken at European level bring concrete benefits to the citizens.
“It’s necessary to listen to the citizens’ voice regarding the direction that the EU will have to follow,” Dancila also stated.
Taking over responsibility as EU Council Presidency is a very honorable mission for Romania
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Wednesday that Romania’s takeover of the Presidency at the Council of the European Union represents a very honorable mission for our country, which will be achievable with the support and involvement of the members of the European Parliament.
Viorica Dancila attended on Wednesday, at the European Parliament headquarters, the opening of photographer Sorin Onisor’s exhibition and participated in a concert of the “Violoncellissimo” group, led by Marian Cazacu.
“Through this event we have the opportunity to convince ourselves that the EU Council Presidency is a reflection of the European aspirations, dignity in diversity, an exercise with and about people, and cultures that interact and enrich each other in Europe. The deep attachment to the European cause of our citizens has inspired the lines of action of Romania’s Presidency programme at the EU Council and is reflected primarily in a key idea – cohesion – a common European value. In this spirit of unity, solidarity and cohesion, we aim to act as the Presidency at the EU Council in an effective manner, bringing the results that our citizens expect. (…) The takeover of the responsibility as the Presidency at the EU Council is a very honorable mission for our country, but one that we know we can achieve with the support and involvement of the members of the European Parliament,” the Prime Minister said, mentioning that the two cultural events are marking the launch in Brussels of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council.
Gov’t had no interference in Justice; rule of law is observed
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also said on Thursday in Brussels that the rule of law is observed in Romania and the Government had no interference in Justice.
The Prime Minister presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union in the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which takes place in Brussels.
“I would like to make a final mention, because many of you have referred to the rule of law, to Justice and human rights. I want to assure you that the rule of law is observed in Romania, I want to assure you that the human rights in Romania must be observed and, at the same time, I am saddened to see that there is still misinformation. Romania’s Government had no interference in Justice. Therefore, I believe that you can ask these questions and I will give you the correct answers, and I think that one of the issues you have not raised, but one that we need to take into account is the one regarding misinformation and fake news, because these can often induce the wrong perceptions about a particular state or government, as it is now about the Government of Romania,” Dancila said.
UK’s withdrawal from EU-process that will leave its mark on our future
withdrawal of the UK from the European Union is an unprecedented process that will leave its mark over our future, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Thursday when presenting the priorities of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council in the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
“In the context in which the European agenda is very busy, Romania’s rotating Presidency will pay attention to the files that significantly influence the functioning and the future of the Union. I would like to refer to a few of these which are of particular interest also to the European Economic and Social Committee. The withdrawal of the UK from the EU is an unprecedented process that will leave its mark on our future. The latest developments worry us and we are aware that this file will remain at the center of the European agenda during our mandate. Another key file of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council is certainly the multi-annual financial framework. It means more than an agreement over some figures, in fact, it means a quantification of how the EU will show over the next decade. The future multiannual budget will need to provide the Union with the necessary resources to achieve the objectives of the next seven years, in a balance between growth and convergence policies, such as cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy, and the response to the new challenges that we are confronted with at European level, such as migration, security or defence,” Dancila said.
She added that the negotiations on the EU’s multiannual budget have never been easy, but Romania is ready to register significant progresses during the rotating Presidency in order to facilitate an agreement in the autumn of 2019, in line with those agreed at the European Council in December 2018 .
“Another goal of Romania’s mandate in close connection with the cohesion policy objective is the promotion of an important macroregional cooperation framework, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. (…) The success of a Presidency depends also on the level of commitment of all the European actors. The European Economic and Social Committee plays an important role in linking the European decision-making process and the civil society. Through this direct link with the citizens you can bring an important contribution to the preparation and drafting of the policies within the Union,” PM Dancila mentioned.
Europe is divided, we have double standard
She spoke on Thursday in the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) about a deep crisis of confidence at European level, a crisis of a double standard and a division of Europe.
“A deep crisis of confidence at European level, a crisis of the double standard and a division of Europe, indeed, this is the current situation and we must start from the real situation to find solutions that will lead to an improvement of this situation. Indeed, Europe is divided, indeed, we have a double standard. We need a united Europe where all member states are treated equally and this depends only on us, on how we will refer to the existing challenges and how we will give the answer that the citizens expect. If we further divide Europe more, then we cannot wonder that the next configuration of the European Parliament will be one that shall not allow right decisions to be made for the European citizens,” Dancila said, responding to the questions she was asked.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister said that cooperation between all European institutions is needed, between all the forces that can lead “this European construction in a good direction”, so that the European Union be more cohesive, united and strong.
“That’s why I came here today and I came with the belief that the future of the EU must bear our mark, [the mark] of all, because when we are drawing the future of the EU it won’t be just the future that the Romanian Presidency will be drawing, it will be the future that we all will be drawing and it shall not be just a success of our Presidency, but it shall be our success, of all of us and I hope that you, members of the European Economic and Social Committee, find yourself in the policies, the files that will be completed during our Presidency, but what you propose should be found in the future European policies as well,” she said.