When holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, Romania has confirmed its attachment to the European design, 12 years after joining the EU, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Monday. "We have fully committed ourselves to holding the office so that at the end of our tenure we can deliver results to which citizens can relate with clarity, without hesitation. We have managed to close important files and advance negotiations on many issues that were delayed and that now translates into changes for the better in the life of European citizens (...) Since the beginning of its tenure, the Romanian presidency of the EU Council has managed over 1,750 meetings and events, including over 60 ministerial meetings, both formal and informal. Our efforts have been translated into the conclusion of negotiations in a significant number of legislative files, and I mean here files aimed at combating misinformation, and also those that increase access to information for citizens," the prime minister told the opening of a meeting of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC).
The Romanian Presidency at the European Union Council has 80 files concluded at mid-term and this thing shows "the seriousness which Romania treats the European issues with," Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Florin Iordache said on Monday.
The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Daniel Dumitru Botănoiu, pointed out on Tuesday, at the debate dedicated to the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy, that the capping of direct payments cannot be accepted under any circumstances, because this would severely affect large farms that comply with environmental standards, and they would lose competitiveness compared to imports from third countries.
The Chairman of the Senate, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, attending the Interparliamentary meeting dedicated to the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy on Tuesday, pointed out that, following the new proposals of the European Commission, the budget allocated to traditional structural policies is under pressure.
The Chamber of Deputies is to hold, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Interparliamentary meeting dedicated to the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy, in the context of the parliamentary dimension of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
At a CFSP/CSDP conference in Bucharest on Thursday, President of the Romanian Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu urged the Western Balkan countries to overcome their differences so that the European Unionߴs sustainable commitment to internal and external reconciliation may be reconfirmed as preconditions for EU membership.
Romania proposed and already made "important" steps to support the strengthening of the European Unionߴs global role during its term in office as the Presidency of the EU Council, Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Florin Iordache stated on Wednesday.
Deputy Oana Florea, the head of the delegation of the Romanian Parliament to the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol, said on Monday that Romania is well regarded at Europol, having the second-largest number of employees, specializing mainly in IT and data analysis.
The meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol is to take place on 24 and 25 February in Bucharest, in the context of the parliamentary dimension of the Romanian presidency of the European Unionߴs Council.
Romania is ready to maintain the same pace of negotiations during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Chairperson of the Committee on European Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies, PSD MP Angel Tîlvăr, said on Monday, at the end of the meeting of the chairpersons of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC), hosted in Bucharest.
Monday, 26th November, the Chair of the European Affairs Committee, Mr. Angel Tîlvăr met representatives of International Trade Committee (INTA) in the European Parliament, Mr. Bernd Lange, Chair of the Committee and Mr. Iuliu Winkler, vice chair.
Thursday, 22nd November, Chair of the European Affairs Committee, Angel Tîlvăr, and other Committee members met with the delegation led by European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, following the official visit in Bucharest. The meeting was a good opportunity for a consistent dialogue regarding priorities on migration and home affairs issues included on the agenda of the upcoming Romanian presidency of the EU Council during the first semester of 2019.
MP Mirela Furtună (PSD parliamentary group) joined members of Foreign Policy and European Affairs Committees and representatives of Special joint Committee for coordinating parliamentary activities for the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council to meet European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.
Wednesday, 21st November, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Liviu Dragnea and the Speaker of the Senate, Mr. Călin Popescu Tăriceanu had a meeting with the delegation of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, led by the European Parliament President, Mr. Antonio Tajani. Topics of the meetingâ€™s agenda included developments in preparations for sustaining the Romanian presidency of the EU Council, with emphasis on the main topics on the European agenda in the first half of the next year.