Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Environment, Grațiela Gavrilescu, took over symbolically the Presidency of the Council of EU ministers of environment from Elisabeth Köstinger, her Austrian counterpart, during a ceremony organised in Brussels, under the works of the Council.
The meeting took place on Thursday, December 20, in Brussels (Belgium), under the coordination of the Austrian Presidency.
“We are counting on your support to achieve our joint objectives in advancing negotiations on legislative dossiers and ensuring good international representation”, communicated minister Grațiela Gavrilescu to her counterparts from the EU Member States during the presentation of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency.
“On behalf of the Austrian Presidency, I wish Romania success in the exercise of its mandate. You have our full support” declared Elisabeth Köstinger, Minister of Tourism and Sustainability from Austria, which held the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2018.
Starting with January 1, 2019, the Romanian Minister of Environment will chair and coordinate the works of the Council of ministers of environment for a 6-month period, with the support of the General Secretariat of the Council. Having regard to the national context, as well as to the European and international agenda, the Romanian Presidency will focus on the following priority fields: climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity and water management.