The General Affairs Council adopted on Tuesday, under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Conclusions on the enlargement policy and the stabilisation and association process.
“At the last meeting of the General Affairs Council taking place under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and chaired by Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba, the Romanian Presidency succeeded in obtaining consensus on the adoption of the Council Conclusions on enlargement and the stabilization and association process, a goal in line with the strategic priority the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU attaches to the enlargement policy and to advancing relations with the partners in the region,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release on Tuesday.
According to the cited source, Romania has made sustained efforts both in the dialogue with the member states and with the partners in the region, which were intensified in the last weeks through demarches at the level of Minister Delegate and of the diplomatic team of the Romanian EU Presidency, towards achieving the adoption of a balanced and comprehensive set of Conclusions for all the partners envisaged by the enlargement policy and by the stabilization and association process.
“In this respect, the positive momentum and the dynamics of the enlargement process have been maintained, as the Romanian Presidency succeeded, following a complex negotiation process, to adopt an ambitious language and a calendar for a clear and substantive decision to be taken in this respect as soon as possible, and no later than October 2019. The efforts made by the Romanian Presidency of the Council have thus allowed reaching consensus on a common stance at the level of the Council of the EU, in the light of the European Commission’s recommendations on the opening of accession negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia and Albania, and of the remarkable progress made in the last year. The Council Conclusions particularly welcome the Prespa historic agreement, which put an end to the 27-year name dispute between Skopje and Athens, the implementation of which during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU represented a major evolution and an example for the settlement of bilateral disputes in the European spirit,” the release said.
The Foreign Ministry stresses that the solution agreed upon by all member states is a positive signal as regards the preservation of the clear European perspective for the partners who complete the necessary steps in this respect and a reconfirmation of the fact that the promotion of the enlargement policy, based on the EU internal cohesion, contributes to the coherence of the EU’s global action, manifested primarily in its immediate neighborhood.
“The conclusions adopted today also reconfirm the importance of the enlargement policy for both the partners and the European Union as a whole, and reaffirm the transformative effect this process continues to generate in the region. In line with this approach, during its term at the Presidency of the Council, Romania has acted constantly, including by inviting candidate countries to the informal events organized, towards sending a positive message to partners, which is key to stimulating the comprehensive reform processes and to strengthening the stability of the region,” the cited source concludes.