On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba attended the last plenary sitting of the current European Parliament legislature, in which he acted as the representative of the Council of the EU in a series of activities carried out in that context.
Thus, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU was represented by Minister Ciamba in a series of debates and political meetings, as well as in the signing of a high number of legislative acts.
George Ciamba took the floor in the debate within the European Parliament, in which, on behalf of the Council of the EU, he answered a question by the Parliament to the Council of the EU and to the European Commission regarding the EP’s right to investigation. The three European institutions have been discussing this institutional file since 2011 and, considering its political and legal complexity, the discussions are expected to continue also in the future legislature. The representatives of the three institutions, with the Romanian minister representing the Council of the EU, had an informal political meeting prior to the debate on the margins of that file. Today, April 18, that debate will be concluded by the adoption of a resolution.
In the debate, Minister Ciamba outlined the status of the discussions in the Council, as well as the items that were still a source of concern for the Member States. At the same time, he recalled the constraints of the Council Presidency, which could not act in the absence of a mandate given by the Council. The Romanian official emphasised the efforts that the Romanian Presidency had made to advance the dialogue on the margins of that file, in the spirit of the loyal cooperation among institutions. He also welcomed the efforts of the European Parliament and expressed his hope that, in case the discussions were resumed in the upcoming mandate, they would result in a reconciliation of the approaches, based on which it would pe possible to pave a new way ahead.
Minister Ciamba also attended the debate on the Future of Europe, which was also attended by the Latvian prime minister, as well as the ceremonial events associated to the visit of the Latvian dignitary to the European Parliament.
Together with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, the representative of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU signed 19 legislative acts.