The future of the cohesion policy stands high on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Premier Viorica Dancila said in Brussels as she addressed the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions at the seat of the European Parliament.
“The future of the cohesion policy is a priority on our agenda. (…) The European Union further needs a solid cohesion policy as a major investment strategy,” the Premier underscored.
The head of the Executive also spoke about the priorities of the Romanian Presidency. At the beginning of her address, she described the European Committee of the Regions as a “bridge connecting” local and regional authorities to the European institutions.
The Premier pointed out that the motto of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council – “Cohesion, a common European value” references “the importance of returning to the fundamentals of the community building”.
Dancila referred to efforts to “bring to the attention of European citizens the European project’s benefits in everyday life”. “We must prove that the Union still has the capacity to move forward,” she said.
The Premier also underscored that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU places focus on subjects such as the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, strengthening workers’ mobility and equal opportunities.
Decentralization, important step in bringing decision closer to citizens
Decentralization is an important step in bringing decision closer to citizens, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Wednesday.
“Local authorities are convinced that they can best identify their investment needs. We have successful mayors in Romania, many are here in the hall, we have presidents of county councils and I fully agree that we need to bring the decision closer to the citizen. Decentralization is an important step in this direction. We began decentralization in my country last year, I have done it on three ministries so far, I will accelerate this,” said Viorica Dancila at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions, which takes place in Brussels.
At the plenary session, the Romanian Prime Minister also presented the priorities of our country’s presidency at the Council of the European Union.
Among other things, Dancila highlighted the important role that the European Committee of the Regions has as a bridge between the local and regional authorities and the European institutions and showed that this will be an important partner during the period of Romania’s mandate.
At the same time, the head of the Bucharest Executive presented the four priority action lines of the Romanian Presidency, at the heart of which is the concept of cohesion as a common European value: Europe of Convergence, A Safer Europe, Europe, a stronger global actor, Europe of common values.
Viorica Dancila has also referred to the complex files that Romania has to manage in the exercise of its mandate: negotiating the future Multi-annual Financial Framework, Britain’s exit from the European Union, as well as migration, security and reflection on the future of the EU.
On Thursday, PM Dancila will participate in the conference called “The fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach for a better protection of the Jewish communities in Europe – from practices to actions,” organised by Romania in the context of holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Council.
On the occasion of the visit to Brussels, the Romanian PM will also carry out a series of bilateral meetings with representatives of the European and international Jewish organisations: President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder; Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) David Harris; CEO and Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith Daniel S. Mariaschin; Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital; European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein.
Other important elements of the visit include PM Dancila’s bilateral meetings with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.
The governmental delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila includes, among others, Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba and European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb.