The Government will adopt a memorandum that will lay the foundation for the legislative changes, so that all British citizens in Romania “can continue to live, work and study in the country without encountering any difficulties,” Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated in the opening of the Government meeting on Tuesday.
“The protection of the citizens’ rights was the priority of the Romanian Government for the entire duration of the Brexit process. Throughout these negotiations, we have tried to make sure that the rights of Romanian citizens residing in the UK will be respected. We have already received assurances from the British Government in this respect and we continue to pay close attention to the way these commitments are being implemented. At the same time we want all British citizens in Romania to be able to continue to live, work and study in the country without encountering any difficulty. The Romanian Government will adopt a memorandum which will lay the foundation for the necessary legislative changes to achieve this goal. We will ensure the continuity of rights acquired by the British citizens as citizens of the European Union who have exercised their right to free movement, in particular with regard to the right to live, work or study in the host country. These rights are guaranteed, in compliance with the principle of reciprocity, to the treatment applicable to Romanian citizens by the United Kingdom,” Viorica Dancila said.
The Prime Minister stressed in this context that the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the Brexit process continues to mark the European agenda this week as well.
“We are still looking forward to concrete proposals from the British Government on the steps to be taken in the light of the latest developments in the ratification process of the withdrawal agreement. Only a few days before the date of withdrawal, the risk of a disorderly, no deal exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union is still high. Any decision on the extension of the 29 March deadline will be taken into consideration by the EU leaders only after a formal request by the United Kingdom in this regard. The withdrawal agreement remains the best instrument for an orderly exit that fully protects the rights of citizens, while guaranteeing legal certainty for the business environment. In the current context, it is essential to continue our internal preparations to respond appropriately to any scenario that will materialize in the upcoming period,” Dancila said.
Visit to Brussels on Tuesday to preside, alongside other European officials, the Tripartite Social Summit
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Tuesday announced, in the beginning of the Government meeting, that she will pay a visit to Brussels in the afternoon, to preside, alongside other European officials, the Tripartite Social Summit and to open a debate on what Europe means for the citizens.
“This afternoon I will go to Brussels for a two-day visit to focus social aspects, to which we pay a special attention while holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Together with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, I will be presiding on Wednesday the Tripartite Social Summit. This is a very important event to also enjoy the participation of representatives of the trade and employers unions, and also officials from Finland and Croatia – the next two states to hold the rotating presidency of the Council of EU in Romania,” said Dancila.
The event, with the theme “A stronger, united and future-oriented Europe,” will be focusing on economic growth and employment, a field in which the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU has made sustained efforts and managed to close the negotiations with the European Parliament for the majority of the legislative files.
The PM mentioned on Thursday that she will open a debate on what Europe means for the Europeans and especially what changes can be brought to improve the citizens’ life.
“On Thursday I will open a debate on what Europe means to Europeans and especially what changes we can make to improve the lives of European citizens. During this working visit I will also have meetings with European officials. I will also continue the constructive dialogue that we have with the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans,” she said.
Dancila also reminded a series of events to be organized in Bucharest.
“The Minister of Transport is organizing the International Road Safety Conference this week. Experts from the member states are meeting in Romania to discuss the lines of action in the fields of urban development and territorial planning, in the field of research and innovation, as well as in the field of healthcare. All these events organized by the Romanian Presidency are aimed at finding the best solutions to provide European citizens with a better life but at the same time to bring European citizens closer to the Brussels policies,” she added.