Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba had a meeting today, February 20, 2019, with the Secretary of State for European Affairs of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias.
The talks between the two officials focused on the timetable of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and the ongoing European developments in relation to the current agenda. Among the topics covered were the future of the European Union, the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, the enlargement policy, the Economic and Monetary Union, the latest developments in international trade relations, and the progress of talks regarding Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
In this context, the Romanian official reiterated the importance of shaping the EU Strategic Agenda for the next five years and sending a message of European unity as the foundation for future efforts to meet the Union’s strategic objectives.
As regards the future Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, Minister Ciamba presented the approach and efforts of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in the negotiation process for this file. Negotiations aim at facilitating dialogue in order to advance talks during the European Council in June and to reach an agreement in the autumn of 2019.
Regarding the Economic and Monetary Union, the Romanian side emphasised the need for an inclusive approach to the process of deepening the Economic and Monetary Union, meant to favour a higher degree of convergence at European level.
Discussions highlighted the similarity between Romanian and Portuguese positions on priority themes on the EU agenda, such as protecting the rights of European citizens in the context of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, and ensuring respect for rules-based multilateral trading, given the heightening of existing global tensions. Minister George Ciamba highlighted the attention granted by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council to the policy of EU enlargement and to cooperation with Western Balkan states. In this respect, he stated his support for meeting the goal undertaken by Member States of launching accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia in June this year, as per the Council’s Conclusions of June 26, 2018.
Regarding bilateral relations, the interlocutors evoked their excellent status. The Romanian official underlined the importance of deepening and strengthening the bilateral high-level dialogue between the two countries, both on aspects of the European agenda and in relation to the international agenda.