On Friday, May 3, Minister for European Affairs George Ciamba met Lord Callanan, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, on the margins of the informal meeting on the preservation of the European cultural heritage, held in Paris.
In their dialogue, the Romanian minister highlighted Romania’s role in strengthening the European project and referred to the strategic importance of the Sibiu Summit, which would take place on May 9.
In connection to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, the Romanian official expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by Prime Minister May in launching the cross-party talks and voiced his hope that the outcomes of those discussions would pave the way to breaking the current deadlock. The Romanian official also reiterated the commitment of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU to faithfully supporting all the efforts made in that process.
The two officials also approached the importance of safeguarding the rights of the Romanian citizens in the UK at all times, which, according to George Ciamba, was a priority for the Romanian Government. The Romanian official also referred to the fact that the executive body of Bucharest was doing its utmost to safeguard the rights of the British citizens in Romania.
Both parties to the discussion reconfirmed their willingness to complete the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement as soon as possible. In that context, the British official reassured that the Government of the UK was making sustained efforts to advance the process and mentioned that the dialogue with the Labour Party was unfolding in a constructive way.
The two interlocutors also considered that the Withdrawal Agreement was the only instrument that would set the foundation of an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU and that would secure the basis for concluding a future close partnership between the two parties. In this context, the minister for European affairs reiterated the availability of the European Union to embrace a more ambitious future EU-UK agreement.
Minister George Ciamba underlined the importance of the bilateral relations between Romania and the United Kingdom and reaffirmed that it was necessary to strengthen the Strategic Partnership between the two countries, with accent laid on the economic and security dimensions.