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DECLARATION OF THE PARLIAMENT OF ROMANIA on the parliamentary dimension of the rotating presidency of the EU Council to be held by Romania between January 1st and June 30th, 2019

The Parliament of Romania, as fundamental expression of national sovereignty and democracy, as representative of the Romanian society in its entirety and, as the sole legislative authority, in accordance with the provisions of Article 13 point 23 of the Rules on the joint activities of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate,

Ensuring Romaniaߴs firm commitment and strong will to contribute, through a joint effort, to safeguard, promote and strengthen the European values, as well as to advance the European Unionߴs agenda in the interest of the European project and its citizens,

Considering that Romania will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in a context defined by the Member Statesߴ joint effort in addressing the major challenges faced by the European project while aiming at consolidating peace, freedom, stability, welfare, social solidarity and cohesion,

Acknowledging the complexity of the context in which Romania will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union, one marked by multiple challenges that have an impact on both citizensߴ lives and Member Statesߴ governments,

Emphasising the capacity of the Government of Romania to ensure the expected level of convergence among all Member States, to enhance cohesion, as well as to underline the importance that the shared European values have on all dimensions and actions of the European Union,

Supporting a comprehensive agenda for the consolidation of the European project, Romania will ensure that all activities deliver tangible results for the most important ongoing European projects and will enforce the benefits that a strong and cohesive Union may bring to each individual Member State,

Ensuring Romaniaߴs firm commitment and strong will to contribute, through a concerted effort, to the advancement of the priorities on the European Unionߴs agenda, favouring the consolidation of the European project, the stability and security of Member States, in the interest of their citizens,

Acknowledging the increased importance and the decisive role of national Parliaments in the decision-making process at European level, and implicitly in establishing and implementing the decisions regarding the priorities of the European agenda, following the Lisbon Treaty,

Highlighting the fundamental principle of governmentsߴ accountability to national parliaments, also enshrined in the Treaties of the European Union,

Underlining the importance of the parliamentary dimension of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and expressing the will of the Parliament of Romania to work closely with the Government on all major dossiers and initiatives filed for the six months of mandate,

Declares the following: