On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, met with the Secretary-General of the Council of the EU Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, with the Secretary-General of the European Parliament Klaus Welle and with the Chair of the EP Committee on Budgets Jean Arthuis, in Brussels.
The meetings were circumscribed to the intensified dialogue with the representatives of the EU institutions in preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and of the visit the Romanian Government would pay to Brussels in order to meet the College of the Commissioners.
In his discussions with the EU officials, the minister highlighted the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which would be marked by Brexit, the European Parliament elections, the completion of the reflection on the future of the Union and the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.
The minister delegate for European affairs pointed out that that it was important to work in close cooperation with all the EU institutions and, in this connection, highlighted the role of the European Parliament as a key partner in completing the negotiations on the files from the European agenda.
In this context, the minister showed that Romania would do its utmost to facilitate the advancement of the negotiations on the priority files in the EU, as part of the collective effort of obtaining outcomes to the benefit of the entire Union. In his exchange of opinions with the Secretary-General of the Council, Minister Delegate George Ciamba pointed out that it was important to work in close cooperation with the General Secretariat in order to manage the practical aspects of the decision-making process, which were generated by the particulars of the end of the European legislature.
In his exchange of opinions with the Chair of the EP Committee on Budgets, Minister Delegate George Ciamba expressed the complete availability of the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU to contribute to sensibly advancing the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, in order to enable a timely agreement on that file.
In his dialogue with the representatives of the European Parliament, the minister also pointed out that it was important that all the Member States, the European Parliament, as well as the European Commission should effectively commit to facilitating a positive approach to that major file, also taking into account the upcoming European elections. The minister agreed to maintaining a close dialogue with the representatives of the institutions in order to realistically calibrate the expectations towards the common objective of advancing the European agenda and to ensure the coordination of work towards the achievement of such a desideratum.