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Romanian-British bilateral discussions in the context of preparing the Presidency of Romania at the Council of the European Union

Friday, 8th of June, an UK delegation led by Lord Martin John Callanan, Minister of State for Exiting the European Union, and His Excellency, Mr. Paul Brummell, Ambassador of UK in Romania, was received by undersecretary of state, Victor Ionescu, at the Ministry for Romanians Abroad headquarters. Considering that Romania will take over the Presidency…

Ministry for Romanians Abroad organizes the `Informed at home! Safe in the world!` campaign

Taking into account that Romania will take over the Presidency of the EU Council at the beginning of 2019, moment that coincides with Great Britain’s EU exit, and also considering the large Romanian community residing outside Romania’s borders, the current government administration via an initiative of the Ministry for Romanians Abroad is organizing a campaign…

Meeting with the delegation of the Group of Friendship for Romania within the Parliament of the United Kingdom

A delegation of the Group of Friendship for Romania within the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland met last week with the undersecretary of state Victor Ionescu and the group of experts on European Affairs from the Ministry of Romanians Abroad. The discussions focused on the situation of Romanians residing…

„Cohesion, a common European value“, the slogan of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Interministerial Committee for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was convened on May 8, 2018 at Victoria Palace, the working meeting being chaired by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. During this meeting, the progress achieved over the past months in the preparation of this important moment…

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs employs by contest 13 specialists in the context of preparing and exercising the Presidency of Romania at the Council of the European Union

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Minister Delegate for European Affairs, launched a contest for the temporary employment of 13 posts foreseen for specific execution functions in the context of the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. Jobs will be available for a fixed period until…

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă: „Romania fares well regarding the preparations for taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU“

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă chaired on March 23 a new meeting of the Interministerial Council for the Preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The calendar of informal meetings to be held in Romania during our country’s tenure, in the first semester of 2019 was adopted at this meeting, as well…

Negrescu: „We want to promote a citizen-oriented policy and correlated with solidarity, an elementary value of the European construction“

Minister Delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu attended on Tuesday, 20 March 2018, the meetings of the General Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council Art. 50 in Brussels. The meeting of the European Affairs Ministers in the Member States focused mainly on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 22-23 March 2018, aiming…

Launch of the program "Volunteers of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union"

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Victor Negrescu, launched the program "Volunteers of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union", which will take place from 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2019. The program starts with a pilot project, organized between 1 April and 30 June…

Dăncilă: „We have the duty to pay tribute to the Greater Union Centennial and the responsibility to be united for Romania’s European future“

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila convened on March 6 at Victoria Palace the first Inter-ministerial Committee dedicated to the preparation of the Centennial. „Unity must be the key word in the Centennial Year. Everyone who wants to get involved and bring added value to the projects dedicated to the celebration of the Greater Union Centennial are…

Victor Negrescu: "The EU-RO 2019 Forum has generated many constructive ideas"

Minister Delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu announced on Friday, 2 March 2018 at the weekly meeting of the Coordination Committee of the National System for the Management of European Affairs, finalizing the first stage of the public consultation on the topics of interest of the Romanian Presidency at Council of the European Union, through…

GET INVOLVED IN PREPARING THE ROMANIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE EU COUNCIL
Romania's future lies undoubtedly within the European Union. It is up to each of us to make sure this project is headed in a good direction. In this regard, we hope that Romania's first term as Presidency of the EU Council, guided by the need to ensure the fulfilment of a common interest, will have a impact on the entire Romanian society. Here are some ways in which you can take part in the Romanian Presidency of Council of the European Union:

The process of defining and structuring the topics of interest of Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union started in September 2017, by means of three rounds of extensive consultation among key public authorities but also with the representatives in the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions. The endeavour continues over the first part of 2018, through the works of the Forum for public consultation, communication and debates for the preparing and exercising Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, “EU-RO 2019”.

At the same time, all interested citizens can participate in defining the priority topics of the Romanian Presidency, by filling out a questionnaire. Your feedback will help us draft as exact a picture as possible of the citizens’ expectations with regard to the presidency, but also of our country’s role within the European Union, as well as of the benefits and opportunities that Romanians enjoy as a result of our country’s participation in the European project. The conclusions will be integrated in the reflection process carried out to substantiate the topics of interest envisaged for the first half of 2019.

Please fill in the questionnaire by accessing the link below.

In order to provide adequate and quality human resources for the purpose of preparing and exercising the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Romanian public system shall organize competitions for several positions in the field of European Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already organized two competitions in 2017, and all the information and actual conditions concerning future employment opportunities (date, bibliography, requirements) will be published at least 30 days before the competitions, on the web page of the institution.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will offer an internship program dedicated to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, right after the entry into force of the law on internship. The initiative bears in mind the success enjoyed by the Official Internship Program organized by the Romanian Government, but also the program carried out since 1960 by European institutions, which has among its alumni, multiple personalities.

Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is the perfect setting for providing interested parties opportunities for vocational training, while giving the opportunity to learn more about the European decision-making process. Candidates are expected are expected to have a number of qualities such as: precision, calm, patience, good humour, modesty, and loyalty, plus implied qualities such as intelligence, discretion, prudence, courage, and tact. Linguistic abilities and the inclination to easily assimilate new competencies will be mandatory requirements, as the trainees will be expected to accompany foreign delegations visiting Romania during the six months of the term.

The draft law on internship was adopted by the Romanian Government on 13 September 2017, including the Presidency-related observations formulated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and concerns the activities in Romania and with Romania’s missions abroad. It was submitted, shortly thereafter, to the Romanian Parliament, with the request of having it debated and approved in an emergency procedure. According to the provisions of this draft, the trainee holds the right to a guaranteed net monthly allowance, which shall equal at least 50% of the equivalent minimum gross domestic salary. The activity of a trainee engaged under an internship agreement is of six hours a day, maximum 30 hours a week, over five days, followed by two consecutive days of rest.

Are you over 18? If you have free time, we would you to join us! The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Minister Delegate for European Affairs, challenges you to apply for the program “Volunteers of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union”, to be held between April 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

What does participation in the volunteer program offer?                                                

  • the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience within a project of major importance for the entire Romanian society;
  • the possibility of getting involved in public life and of better understanding the European decision-making process, including through dialogue with representatives of the Member States, on current dossiers and topics of interest to you;
  • The possibility of participating in a series of debates and events on Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European democratic values;
  • The opportunity of meeting people with similar interests and of developing long-term cooperation;
  • Opportunity to get involved and see how public administration works in Romania;
  • Ability to interact with specialists from Romania and abroad;
  • Proactive work environment, where creativity and innovation are appreciated;
  • Access to public policy development at national and European level.

Those interested in pursuing a volunteering internship with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within the context of preparing and exercising of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, can submit their application file through the online application available by selecting the button “APPLY” below.

Before starting the electronic upload of the file, by filling in the application form, please prepare the following documents:

  • a Curriculum Vitae (in Romanian);
  • a letter of motivation describing the applicants objectives for the internship;
  • Higher education diploma / certificate from the educational institution certifying the quality as a student (if applicable);
  • Two recommendations with the contact details of the issuer;

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its European Affairs component, allows interested citizens to organize local communication activities (in the form of information seminars or debates) concerning Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. These activities are aimed at stimulating the interest of other people in this project of major importance for the entire Romanian society, and also at promoting the democracy and values uniting the citizens of the European Union.

How can you get involved?

Fill in the application form and attach a proposal for at least one communication activity dedicated to Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with an online and offline component, addressed to a group of at least 30 people in your community, that should take place in 2018. The registration deadline is February 23, 2018, 23:59 hrs. For further questions, contact us at contact@romania2019.eu.

What can you expect?                                                                                                                            

  • Exclusively non-financial support in conducting the communication activities, through promotion and information materials and through promotional materials (while stocks last);
  • Support in promoting such actions through the official communication channels of Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union;
  • All communication activities must be not-for-profit, and access to interested parties shall be granted free of charge.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take all steps deemed necessary to ensure that the information presented in the local communication actions are correct, but it will not be held responsible for potential errors, omissions, inaccuracies or for the opinions and points of view expressed during such actions.

Romania in pictures

Topics of interest of Romania's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Europe of Convergence: growth, competitiveness, connectivity

The Europe of Safety

Europe, a Global Player

The Europe of Shared Values

 

Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organize events all over the country

Timișoara, Union Square

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Sibiu, Large Square

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Iași, The Palace of Culture

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Constanța, The Casino

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Târgoviște, Royal Court

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Suceava, Throne Fortress

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Zalău

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Vaslui, Administrative Palace

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Târgu Mureș

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Târgu Jiu, Kiss Gate

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Slobozia, Episcopal Cathedral

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Slatina, City Hall

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Sfântu Gheorghe, Art Gallery

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Satu Mare, „Károlyi“ Castle

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Vâlcea, Cozia Monastery

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Ploiești, History Museum

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Reșița, the first steam locomotive

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Pitești, City Hall

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Piatra Neamț

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Oradea, Union Square

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Miercurea Ciuc, Palace of Justice

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Galați, University of Galați

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Focșani, „Maior Gh. Pastia” Theatre

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Drobeta Turnu Severin, Municipal Theatre

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Deva, Deva Fortress

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Craiova, Prefecture of Dolj county

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Cluj, Union Square

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Călărași, Ion Heliade Rădulescu House

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Buzău, City Hall

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București, National Art Museum

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Brașov, The Council Square

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Brăila, "Mureș" vessel

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Botoșani

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Bistrița

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Baia Mare

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Bacău, Bacău Cathedral

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Arad, City Hall

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Alexandria, Children's Palace

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Alba Iulia, White Fortress Carolina

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