President Klaus Iohannis is participating Thursday and Friday in the European Council meeting in Brussels.
According to the agenda, the Romanian head of state will attend on Thursday the summit of the European People’s Party and the meeting of the European Council; on Friday he will deliver a joint statement with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The topics on the agenda of the European Council meeting mainly concern the appointments to the European bodies’ top jobs for the next institutional cycle, the adoption of the EU 2019 – 2024 Strategic Agenda, the Union’s future multiannual budget, action against climate change, as well as external relations.
The meeting will also approach the proposals for the European Commission’s country specific recommendations for 2019 which will be adopted in July.
The EU leaders will also discuss the latest developments in the process of UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
On Friday, President Iohannis will also attend the EURO + Summit in an extended format.
According to the Presidential Administration, at the end of Romania’s term at the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Romanian President will deliver a briefing on the results obtained in implementing the goals set by the European Council.
The EU leaders will approve the Union’s Strategic Agenda for the 2019 – 2024 institutional cycle. The document provides the framework and general guidelines for the functioning of the European bodies, as well as for shaping a consolidated response of the Union in the new international context.
“The President of Romania will point out that the member states must stay united in efforts to adopt and implement the Strategic Agenda, as reflected in the 10 commitments of the Sibiu Declaration,” the Presidential Administration said.
With regard to the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, the European leaders will discuss the timeline and future steps in the process of adopting the next EU budget. In this context, President Klaus Iohannis will make an assessment of the progress made by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in this area, expressing hope that Romania’s significant efforts will contribute to reaching a future agreement in due time.
“As far as foreign relations are concerned, President Iohannis will show that Romania strongly supports the continuation and strengthening of the Union’s commitment to the Eastern Partnership, which is of strategic importance to the EU,” the cited source said.
I don’t expect us to have a decision as a result of the negotiations on the leadership of the EU institutions
President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday that, during the meeting of the Thursday’s European Council in Brussels, there will be discussions on the leading positions of the EU institutions, but he doesn’t expect a decision to be made at the end of these discussions and subsequently sent to the European Parliament.
“We are starting the summer European Council. This time, we have very important topics to discuss. In the first part of the session we will discuss about the strategic agenda for the next term. This step was started at the Sibiu Summit, where we established the principles to follow when discussing the strategic agenda. We have a draft drawn up for this agenda, inspired from the key issues of the document drawn up in Sibiu, the Sibiu statement. I believe today we will approve a very good agenda for the next term, which will include issues discussed in Sibiu”, Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday, before attending the European Council meeting.
The head of state added: “In the second part, we will discuss about holding the key positions in the administration of the Union. This issue doesn’t have a specific agenda. It will be a free talk, and we believe we will make steps towards a solution. However, I don’t expect us to have, in the end, a decision that can be sent to the Parliament, but of course, we’ll see that”.
“The results we have achieved at the Presidency of the EU Council are very good”
Asked if he is satisfied with the results of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, President Klaus Iohannis stated that our country has closed a very large number of files, which shows that we have very good people in Brussels.
“The results we have achieved are very good. Everybody has realized this. Of course, we have the Sibiu Summit, which was a success recognized by everyone, but we also have very good results related to the files that have been worked, and the very large number of files successfully closed by the Romanian Presidency, which shows that we have very good people here, in Brussels, who managed to deal with these files and close them. Perhaps it was unlikely, but the more we can say that this presidency was a very good one”, Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday, before attending the European Council.
Earlier on Thursday, PM Dancila emphasized that Romania’s tenure at EU Council’s helm was successful.
“The Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union is approaching its end. The forthcoming Finnish presidency has already taken over the majority of the European Council’s formats. We have successfully fulfilled the mandate and objectives we had set to. By the efforts of the governmental team, we have proved our ability to manage complex files and make beneficial decisions for European citizens, some with greater public impact and visibility, others less publicised but equally important. The provisional overall balance at this point, given that our activity continues, is a substantial one,” Dancila said at the beginning of a government meeting.
She added that, beyond the legislative files it has closed, the Romanian presidency has lately contributed to the adoption of 56 European Council conclusions in areas such as the European Union’s external relations, the fight against terrorism, climate change, education, regional strategies, and the EU industrial policy.
“The Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union has also recently drawn up and presented a revised negotiating box for the future of the European Union’s long-term budget that was discussed at a European Council meeting on June 18. I will present the final results in an official European framework, at a plenary session of the European Parliament in early July,” said Dancila.