Minister Rovana Plumb presented in the REGI Committee in the European Parliament the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, from the perspective of the Cohesion Policy.
The Romanian Minister of European Funds showed in her speech that Romanian Presidency has ambitious but realistic goals in its mandate, highlighting the challenges related to Brexit, the Multi-annual Financial Framework and the European Parliamentary elections.
“Even if our mandate takes place during a challenging period, the Romanian Presidency will focus on achieving tangible results for people living in the Member States, thus contributing to a more democratic and closer Union with its citizens. We will be an impartial mediator and will ensure consensus in order to advance the European Agenda. The EU remains a strong global economic player and its strength is determined by the capacity of EU national economies to be convergent. Therefore, cohesion, the single market and the competitiveness of the EU economy are the key priorities of our presidency.”
Ms. Plumb stated in the European Parliament that the Romanian Presidency will continue to examine the 5 Regulations that are part of the Cohesion Package, as follows:
- Common Provisions Regulation;
- European Regional Development Fund Regulation;
- Coehesion Fund Regulation;
- European Social Fund Regulation;
- European Territorial Cooperation /INTERREG Regulation.
In her speech, Ms. Plumb also emphasized that “Talks with our European partners in the Member States will lead to substantial progress in negotiations at the Council level, in order to prepare the mandate for the future trialogue.”
She underlined that EU policies contribute to reducing economic, social and territorial disparities and that the Cohesion Policy remains the key factor for investment at EU level.
“Cohesion, the single market and the competitiveness of the EU economy are key priorities for the Romanian Presidency,” added Rovana Plumb.