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Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ciamba: Romania’s Presidency of EU Council, about courage, responsibility, political assuming

Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union that ends on Sunday has entailed courage, responsibility and political assuming, the Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba says in a release issued by  the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) on Friday.

“Chairing the Council was Romania’s maturity test and the reconfirmation of its attachment to the European project,” the Romanian official adds.

He stresses that “many of the very good results of our Presidency are firstly owed to our capacity to keep ourselves neutral”.

Ciamba also mentions the outcome of the Presidency, “the record 90 legislative files closed, getting of qualified majorities for the furthering of certain sensitive, stagnant files, the preparation of the European Union for whatever outcome of the Brexit process or obtaining some strong commitments for the Western Balkans’ European path”.

“Our Presidency has advocated for the convergence and cohesion in Europe, advancing files on certain topics, such as the single digital market, the natural gas directive, the Banking Union. It pleaded for transparent, predictable labour conditions and for slashed CO2 emissions. It firmly acted to combat disinformation and ensure free, correct elections. It contributed to a safer Europe’s goal, by promoting files that improve the Identity cards’ security or enhance the border police and the coast guard at European level,” the Delegate Minister underlines.

Beyond these, says Ciamba, “Romania’s Presidency at the EU Council was also about courage, responsibility and political assuming”.

“During the six months at the EU Council’s helm, Romania has certainly contributed through concrete actions to the EU enhancement, a project that stays vital for our continent’s welfare and safety,” says Ciamba.

The MAE dignitary adds that at the end of the six-month rotating presidency, he is convinced that “Romania has strengthened its profile at European level, thus becoming a stronger, credible, relevant voice”.

“I strongly believe that this path will also continue after the end of the Presidency, because we have the necessary institutional and political capacity to successfully accomplish any other major country project,” he stresses.

Romania is handing over the Presidency of the EU Council at 1 July to Finland.

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