Today, May 17, 2019, Secretary of State for European Affairs Melania-Gabriela Ciot participated in the event on “Convergence Europe: Growth, Competitiveness, Connectivity” hosted by the European Institute of Romania in Iași.
In her speech, the Secretary of State recalled that the meeting was included in the calendar of events organised by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in order to respond to one of the objectives proposed at the beginning of the Romanian office, namely joining efforts to strengthen debate and public communication on topical European issues.
The Secretary of State emphasised that such debates must be carried out in a spirit of cohesion, solidarity and unity, with cohesion as the value that governs the rotational Council Presidency held by Romania. In that sense, she pointed out that Romania transposed the concept in the priorities under the four action pillars of its mandate, namely, Europe of convergence; A safer Europe; Europe, a stronger global actor; and Europe of common values – the first of them reflecting precisely the topic of the current debate.
The Secretary of State also pointed out that “The rotational presidency held by Romania was faced with a difficult stage in the history of the European Union, a stage marked by Brexit, by the negotiations for the Multiannual Financial Framework and by other major files, such as migration and security as well as the reflection on the future of the Union”.
The Secretary of State went on to recall the outcomes of the Romanian Council Presidency and the status of the negotiations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework.
She emphasised the transformative power of cohesion policy in shaping the European project, as it creates partnerships and bridges between the EU institutions and the European regions and cities. The value of cohesion is thus apparent in its twofold substance – a common European value and the expression of the development, unity and solidarity of and among the EU Member States, its regions and its citizens.
On concluding her speech, the Secretary of State pointed out that it was important to channel our efforts towards enabling the development and creation – whenever they are not in place – of functional links among the Member States as well as between the different parts of Europe, in order to enable non-discriminating access to the resources and to the benefits of EU membership, on the one hand, and on the other hand to sustainably support stronger competitiveness of the European economy, with sensible benefits for all EU citizens.