The Europe of convergence, the Europe of safety, Europe, a global player and the Europe of shared values are the pillars of Romania's EU presidency.
minister Viorica Dancila told Parliament on Wednesday that the priorities of
the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union rest on four
pillars: the Europe of convergence, the Europe of safety, Europe, a global
player and the Europe of shared values. Convergence and cohesion, she said, are
essential for achieving a united Europe and increase the Union's
declaration adopted on Wednesday, Parliament pledged to support the cabinet to
achieve all its goals during Romania's term as holder of the EU presidency.
These goals include a citizen-focused agenda, supporting the European cohesion
policy, the continuation of the Common Agricultural Policy, facilitating
parliamentary dialogue with the United Kingdom in the context of the latter's
withdrawal from the European Union, and enhancing the transparency of the
European institutions. The Social Democrat senator Gabriela Cretu from the
institutional collaboration, the ministers will regularly inform the parliamentary
committees and the political groups about the progress made in the achievement
of the priorities of the Romanian presidency and the main developments
connected to the important issues on the European agenda. The Romanian
president is also invited to brief Parliament on the discussions and decisions
of the European Council meetings for the duration of Romania's term."
Tariceanu, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, the junior
partner in the ruling coalition, wants Romania to act against the idea of a
want the gaps between the North and the South and between the East and the West
to widen. We don't want to let Europe become a union with two groups of states,
first-rank states and second-rank states, with double standards, whether
economic, political, social or of any other kind."
opposition, the Liberals are voicing the concerns of those who believe the
government may fail to achieve its goals because the ruling coalition is
mounting an attack on the European and western values themselves. The Liberal
senator Florin Citu:
are giving you away no matter how hard you try to hide it behind triumphalist
speeches. You have managed to add nine more points to the Cooperation and
Verification Mechanism report, thus putting even more distance between Romania
and its objective to join the Schengen Area."
a deputy from the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania, underlined
that in its six-month term, Romania must act with one voice in order to fulfill
all its objectives. The former president Traian Basescu, currently a senator
from the People's Movement Party, asked the government if the priorities made
public are correlated with the speech of president Klaus Iohannis, which was a
legitimate question given the chronic conflict between the head of state and
the cabinet. On the other hand, the call for unity already seems meaningless
given that the opposition is already preparing to call for a no-confidence vote
against the government at the end of the year.