PM Viorica Dancila has asked for EC's full support to fight the effects of African swine fever
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, currently on a visit to Romania, has meetings with representatives of the local and regional authorities and attends high-level conferences. Commissioner Cretu had several meetings in Sibiu, on Wednesday, and today she is visiting the miner town of Petrosani, for a European conference focusing on the present and future of coal mining in the context of the transition to renewable energies. The area is one of the five pilot-regions selected by the European Commission in order to be supported in making this transition.
PARTNERSHIP - The development, consolidation and expansion of the Strategic partnership with the US is one of Romania’s priority objectives, PM Viorica Dancila has said today. Marking seven years since the adoption, in Washington, on September 13, 2011, of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century, PM Dancila hailed the excellent bilateral ties. In her opinion, the Strategic Partnership with the US is a guarantee for Romania’s security and a decisive element for social and economic progress.
SANCTIONS – Poland said it will oppose any sanctions imposed by the bloc on fellow member Hungary, accused of floating EU rules on democracy, Reuters reports. “Every country has its sovereign right to make internal reforms it deems appropriate,” Poland’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. With over two thirds of the vote, the European Parliament on Wednesday decided to call on the European Commission to trigger sanctions against Hungary under Article 7, which include temporary loss of voting rights in the European Council.
AGRICULTURE – The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, is paying a two-day visit to Romania, starting today, the European Commission Representation in Romania has announced. Commissioner Hogan met in Bucharest with PM Viorica Dancila who asked the European Commission for its full technical and financial support in order to decrease the negative impact that the African swine fever has on Romania. The European official will also have talks with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Petre Daea and with farmer associations representatives and will have a dialogue with the citizens of Cluj, entitled "A modern budget for a stronger Union."
VENICE COMMISSION – A Venice Commission delegation is currently in Bucharest to make an assessment of the modifications to the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code by Romania’s Parliament. The assessment was required by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. The delegation members will meet with President Klaus Iohannis, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, representatives of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, General Prosecutor’s Office, the Anti-Corruption Directorate, and the Higher Council of Magistracy as well as with parliament members, associations of judges and prosecutors and civil society representatives.