Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Friday evening, at the gala concert organised to mark the end of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, that all reasons to celebrate are there, because our country attained what it set out to attain and registered one of the most appreciated presidencies. “We proved the maturity of European Romania and offered results that exceed expectations, in a complicated European context. The results obtained open new opportunities for Romania. We now have a consolidated position at European level. It is one of Romania’s great gains as a European Union member state,” Dancila said, adding: “Romanians can be proud, we lived up to the challenge.”
“Today, almost two weeks after the formal end of our mandate, we can proudly say we have all reasons to celebrate: we attained what we set out to attain, we proved efficiency, performance, balance, and we offered one of the most appreciated presidencies at European level. We proved that Romania tackled this mandate, ahead of anything else, as a mission in the service of European citizens. We built all our actions around the concept of cohesion. We worked in this spirit and managed to obtain important results – qualitatively and quantitatively – for European citizens, and to maintain unity in supporting the European project,” Dancila said in the speech she gave at the Romanian Athenaeum on Friday evening.
She said that the Romanian presidency has consolidated the European Union’s social dimension, because a strong Europe is a Europe of prosperous citizens whose equal rights are ensured and respected.
“We put cohesion at the centre of our actions because the success of the European Union is the success of each member state, each region, each community. A developed Europe ensures equal opportunities and open access to resources for all. We worked for more solidarity in the European community because, in a Europe prepared to successfully handle changes, nobody must be left behind,” Dancila stated.
She added that the fundamental social values of the European community, which unite and keep more than 500 million citizens close together, have been brought back into focus because a strong Europe is a Europe that consolidates its foundation.
“There were multiple challenges: files with very important stakes, the negotiation of the future Multiannual Financial Framework and the Brexit process, a turn in the road for the European Union. Cohesion was the main principle, the red thread that constantly guided us in our approach and in the way in which we resolved the pending files. The balance sheet of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is impressive: 90 files closed in the first three months of the mandate, 84 Council of the European Union conclusions adopted, numerous decisions on which we obtained consensus. Everything accomplished in approximately 2,500 meetings,” Dancila claimed.
According to her, these files were emblematic for the European project, having a direct impact on the lives of European citizens in important fields: social, energy, economic-financial, digital, environment and climate change, agriculture, European values and freedoms, combating disinformation.
“The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union attained the priorities included in its working programme and its objectives, all dedicated to the advancement of the European agenda, in the spirit of a unitary, cohesive and inclusive approach that we undertook when we took over the mandate. We proved the maturity of European Romania and we offered results that exceed expectations, in a complicated European context. The results obtained open new opportunities for Romania. We now have a consolidated position at European level. It is one of Romania’s great gains as a European Union member state. The Government acted with utmost seriousness and full commitment and, together with European partners and the teams of experts, we managed to give substance to the European and domestic agenda,” Premier Dancila stated.
According to her, Romania had a successful Presidency and “we are not the only ones saying it.”
“Our European partners appreciate our results and the rich pro-European balance sheet accomplished by the Romanian Government alongside the team of diplomats, experts and professional negotiators. Romanians can be proud, we lived up to the challenge. The efficient way in which we led the proceedings of the Council proves that Romania has the capacity to credibly, professionally and dynamically exercise the most important prerogatives within the European Union. I am glad we have managed to take the European project closer to Romanian citizens and we have proven to our partners the potential of European Romania,” Viorica Dancila added.
She thanked the ministers, the ministerial teams and the teams from all institutions involved, the team of Romania’s Permanent Representation to the European Union, the colleagues from local administration, and the volunteers for the effort and dedication proven during these extremely intense months.
“We proved that the Romanian nation strongly believes in European value and in our common future, that Romania has the strength, resources and people capable to bring added value to the European project and to promote the rights of all European citizens. We have written an important page of European and Romanian history! We managed to do this together, Romania’s European team and our European partners, and we have proven, once again, that we are strong!”, Dancila stated.