The minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, presented on January 29, 2019 the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO). The minister delegate listed the action pillars circumscribed to the programme of priorities and underlined the Romanian Presidency’s commitment to advance institutional agenda, a field within the scope of responsibility of the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs.
To this end, the minister highlighted the progress made in the Council with respect to fighting disinformation and safeguarding free and fair elections, in the light of the European Parliament elections taking place in May 2019.
In this context, he mentioned the debates on fighting disinformation from the General Affairs Council of January 8, 2019. At the same time, the Romanian official highlighted the political agreement the co-legislators – the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament – reached in the political trilogue of January 16, 2019 to amend the regulations on the status and funding of the European political parties, which is aimed at securing a free and fair environment for the elections. The amendments also include measures making it possible even to apply sanctions in case rules on data protection are breached with the deliberate purpose to influence the outcome of the European elections.
George Ciamba also presented the Romanian Presidency’s efforts to make progress in topics of particular interest addressed in the AFCO Committee, such as the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, the necessary institutional adjustments in such a context, the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the debate on the future of Europe, institutional transparency, European citizenship and the institutional role of the European Parliament.
The Romanian official remarked the significance of the debate on the future of the European Union in terms of sending the message of unity of the EU institutions and member states, which is an essential aspect in the light of the Sibiu Summit taking place on May 9, 2019.
At the end of his speech, the minister delegate for European affairs pointed out the openness of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to continue its constructive dialogue with the European Parliament and advance the European agenda to the benefit of the citizens.