The minister delegate for European Affairs, George Ciamba, met with the chair of the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Danuta Hübner, and with the first vice-president of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness, on January 15, 2019, on the margins of the official visit that the Romanian delegation headed by the Romanian prime minister paid to Strasbourg.
The main topics approached in the bilateral discussions with the chair of the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Danuta Hübner, covered Romania’s priorities during the Presidency of the Council of the EU and a number of institutional files included on the agenda of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs for the next period.
Another topic discussed was the European level preparations for the European elections. George Ciamba and Danuta Hübner highlighted the importance of running the upcoming European elections of May 2019 seamlessly. In this respect, they reiterated the need to step up the work of promoting democratic debates, of fighting against the disinformation phenomenon and of running free and fair elections.
The discussion with the first vice-president of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness, focused on aspects regarding the parliamentary dimension of the Romanian Presidency and highlighted the good cooperation between the national legislative and executive in the exercise of the Council Presidency mandate.
At the same time, there emerged from the discussions with both of the European Parliament officials the conviction that the Brexit process should continue to reflect the unity of the Member States. “The withdrawal agreement politically endorsed by the EU and the UK remains the most efficient instrument to limit the negative consequences of Brexit for both parties”, Minister George Ciamba explained.
The two meetings provided a good opportunity to reaffirm Romania’s interest, in its capacity as Council Presidency, to deliver on its mandate in the spirit of good cooperation with the European Parliament, a key institutional partner, for the purpose of making progress and finalising the current files on the European agenda. They also made evident the wish to work closely together during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in order to ensure the necessary advancements with regard to those files.
The priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and its vision on the future of the Union were presented before the plenary of the European Parliament by the Romanian prime minister on January 15, 2019.
The Programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is available here: https://www.romania2019.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ro_program_ropres2019.pdf