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Wednesday, 13 September

Conference on the preparation of Romania's mandate as president of the Council of the European Union, organized at Victoria Palace by participants in the Government’s Internship Programme

Victoria Palace hosted on Tuesday, September 12, the final conference: Taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Romania in January-June 2019, organized at the initiative of a group of seven participants in the 5th edition of the Romanian Government's Official Internship Programme.

Invitation to this event was extended to the Minister –delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, Foreign Ministry’s Special Representative for the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Cristian Bădescu, Director of the European Institute of Romania, Gabriela Dragan, representatives of the civil society, academic environment as well as young people who expressed their interest in participating in this debate in the previous briefing sessions organized within this project, promoted through social networks.

In his message, the Minister –delegate emphasized the Government’s constant preoccupation with creating opportunities for young people and invited the participants in the event to get involved in the projects that will be initiated in the context of Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first semester of 2019.

"We want the project Romania’s Presidency of the EU Council to bring together the society as a whole under the aegis of common interest. In order to ensure a successful Presidency to improve the image of our country, we need to involve as many relevant actors as possible during the prepredness process and during the exercise of the mandate. In this respect, we will launch in the period ahead a platform for public consultation, communication and debates. We will also create the legal framework whereby volunteers and interns can help organize events throughout the Presidency. Young people can play an important role by active involvement in the debates on this topic. We want to offer them the opportunity to become a voice in setting the priorities of this mandate, " stated Victor Negrescu.

Minister –delegate underlined the importance of a political and institutional consensus on Presidency, as well as the need of an accelerated pace of preparedness.

"Romania is on schedule with regard to the Presidency preparation calendar, provided by the Council of the European Union. The entire Government is working intensely to organize this important moment for our country's future EU course, " pointed out Victor Negrescu.


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Romania will assume, for six months, as of January 1, 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union - one of the seven institutions of the Union. Our country is part of the trio presidency alongside Finland and Croatia. The rotating presidency presides in Brussels the meetings of the Council of the European Union (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council), the COREPER meetings (meetings of the permanent representatives of the member countries in Brussels) and about 200 working groups. Also, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union conducts negotiations of hundreds of legislative files, organizes meetings with the European Parliament, other formal meetings at all levels. According to practices in the field, during its term of office, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organize events, possible summits, informal meetings of the Council of the European Union, meetings of senior officials and experts from EU Member States, conferences and seminars.


About the Government’s Official Internship Programme

The 5th edition of the Romanian Government's Official Internship Programme runs from  July 17 to  September 18, 2017 and offers 100 young people the opportunity to get acquainted with the work methods of the central public administration. In addition to the central administration’s daily activity, interns have the opportunity to participate in roundtables and discussions in the presence of senior Romanian officials as well as in thematic trainings and workshops.

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