On Monday, 13 August 2018, a new working meeting took place in Sibiu, in order to prepare the informal Summit of the heads of state and government scheduled for 9 May 2019, in the context of Romania’s exercising the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
These discussions were attended also, alongside a delegation from the Ministry of External Affairs led by the minister delegate for European Affairs, Mr. Victor Negrescu, by representatives of the Presidential Administration, the Sibiu city Mayor, Mrs. Astrid Fodor, the Sibiu county prefect, Mrs. Adela Muntean, the president of the Sibiu County Council, Mrs. Daniela Cîmpean, as well as representatives of the official broadcaster of the programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the representatives of the institutions in charge with the protection and safety of the participants involved in the event organization.
The agenda included the organisational plan for the Summit that refers, among other things, to hosting the events at the headquarters of the Sibiu City Hall, the layout of logistical infrastructure in the central squares of the city, as well as the cultural programme to be organised on the side-line of the reunion of the European Union heads of state and government.
Romania is on track in terms of schedule of preparations made for the Sibiu Summit during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The reunion organized on this day proved the seriousness that this major event is dealt with by all institutions involved and it provided a good opportunity to clarify a number of organizational issues already planned during the previous meetings. An important focus was placed from the logistical perspective to the security dimension attached to this event.
The Summit on 9 May 2019, dedicated to discussing the future of the European Union and the future strategic agenda of the leaders for the 2019-2014 period will be bringing together 27 EU heads of state and government, 36 official delegations, 400 high-ranking guests, around 900 journalists and 100 interpreters.
Romania will take over, during 1 January – 30 June 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This office is covered by rotation every six months by the European Union Member States. During its Presidency, Romania will be representing the Council of the European Union throughout its dialogue with the other European institutions, especially with the European Commission and the European Parliament, while also working in close contact with the President of the European Council during the decision-making process.
The rotating Presidency covers the current management of the European agenda and it also presides the sector-based configurations of the Council to all levels (ministerial, ambassadorial and technical levels), except for the Foreign Affairs Council. The Presidency must act as an impartial mediator, mainly focusing on submitting compromise papers, able to lead to the adoption of common points of view by the Member States.