The President and Vice-President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and Frans Timmermans, hailed the “European approach” of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Romanian Government’s support for the European project, on the occasion of their meeting on Tuesday in Brussels, informs the Executive’s press office.
According to a press release of the Government, during the meeting, they also discussed the results of the elections to the European Parliament.
“President Juncker thanked Prime Minister Viorica Dancila for the excellent activity so far of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, with more than 100 files closed, among which the most important are the ones related to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, the European Labour Authority, the Copyright Directive and the Gas Directive. The President of the EC underscored that this approach must continue, especially in what concerns the advancement of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the preparations of the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024,” reads the release.
Moreover, the two leaders of the European Commission “hailed the Romanian Government’s commitment not to continue with the controversial reforms in the judiciary system and immediately resume dialogue under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, in order to record progresses in the reforms in the judicial system and fight against corruption.”
“The two officials reconfirmed the European Commission’s support to work closely with the Romanian authorities in finding solutions related to the rule of law and resume progresses under the CVM.
Dancila about meetings in Brussels: We want to punctually resume discussions on the CVM
Premier Viorica Dancila said Tuesday that she had meetings in Brussels with the President and First Vice President of the European Commission on the current situation within the Government and the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and on punctually resuming talks on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).
“I had discussions with both the president of the European Commission, as well as the First Vice President of the European Commission, we talked about the current situation, both in government as well as acting leader of the PSD. I reiterated what I said since taking over the acting Presidency [of the Council of the EU, ed.n.], namely that there will not be emergency ordinances on Justice, that this discussion on Justice no longer exists for us, that we actually aim for the judiciary to be independent, we want the rule of law and at the same time the rights and freedoms of citizens be respected. We have said that we want to work together with the European Commission, we want to have discussions about the future European commissioner and especially about the portfolio we will have in the future European Commission. I found a lot of openness, we also discussed on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, where we specifically want to resume the discussions, because as we know, there are points in the CVM that need to be discussed, that we will see how we can implement, but there are also points that we cannot implement because they go against the Romanian Constitution. We will have a technical discussion, a targeted discussion, so that we take quick steps towards having lifted this mechanism for Romania,” the prime minister told private TV broadcaster Antena 3.
She added that she reiterated our “European affiliation and the fact that we are deeply attached to European values” and that Romania’s place is in the great European family.
Premier Dancila mentioned that Frans Timmermans did not talk about the activation of Article 7 of the EU Treaty.
“On the contrary, we talked about unity in the European construction, there was a punctual discussion on issues concerning the future European Commission, there was no more threat at Romania from the First Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans. Things have changed, we have to get back to a normal course, and normality means discussions, open, constructive dialogue, in defending Romania’s position, but at the same time not contradicting the European principles. I think we can keep this balance and that in the next period we will continue the dialogue with both the European Commission and the European socialists,” the prime minister said.