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Tuesday, 10 July

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is paying a working visit to Brussels

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker

 

Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, on the occasion of the Romanian official’s working visit to Brussels. The meeting was also attended by First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu.

In view of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the Romanian authorities' commitment to ensure a successful mandate. The Head of the Executive highlighted Romania's objective to contribute, in a constructive manner, to defining and promoting the European common interest, ensuring unity and cohesion among the member states as well as the citizens’ drawing closer to EU again. Moreover, Prime Minister expressed the Romanian Government’s wish to continue the close and efficient cooperation with the European Commission in order to facilitate the decision-making process at European level, in the perspective of Romania’s exercising the incumbent responsibilities of the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The two officials agreed on the need of ensuring a general consensus for endorsing the objectives that Romania had envisaged prior and during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the involvement of all institutional, social and political actors being necessary in this respect.

During the talks, the Romanian official also presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU as regards the main dossiers on the European agenda, as well as the reflection process on the EU future, talks on the future Multi-Annual Financial Framework and negotiations regarding Brexit.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed Romania’s full availability for channeling the efforts of the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU towards ensuring a substantial progress in the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 -2027, a dossier of major importance for the Union. Prime Minister has at the same time emphasized the importance of the EC maintaining an approach regarding some proposals on the future Financial Framework which guarantees that the cohesion and common agriculture policies remain the main investment policies of the Union, voicing in the context the expectation that their important role be adequately reflected at the level of the related allocations.

Prime Minister presented the latest developments in terms of reform and judicial system amendments, and showed that the completion of the CVM (the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism) remains an important objective on the governmental agenda.

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu on July 10, in the context of her visit to Brussels. The meeting occasioned the continuation of dialogue with the European Commission on developments aimed at the implementation of the cohesion policy in Romania, aspects related to defining the cohesion policy post -2020 and the preparations to take over the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU being approached at the same time.

On this occasion, the Romanian official reiterated the Romanian Government’s thanks to Commissioner Cretu for the constant support granted by the European Commission to Romanian authorities on aspects aimed at a better management of European funds, outlining the important role of a good relation between Government and Brussels in this field. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reassured the European Commission of the Romanian Govermment’s firm commitment towards increasing the level of attracting the European funds allocated during the financial exercise 2014 -2020.

Prime Minister Dancila showed that the Romanian Government will maintain in 2018 too the accelerated pace of projects appraisal and contracting so that we can attain the proposed absorption target of 100 percent by the end of the programming period. It is important to ensure an accelerated implementation of the projects for the volume of payments to increase in 2018 and 2019. Thus, the Romanian Government’s efforts focus on speeding up the implementation of projects already admitted for financing and on supporting the beneficiaries throughout the duration of the investment projects.

Prime Minister Dancila underlined the fact that Romanian authorities focus all their efforts on accelerating the implementation of projects already approved for financing during the year 2018, primarily by supporting the beneficiaries throughout the running of the investments, but also by opening all available financing lines. Prime Minister also indicated that the target set for 2018 is to reach an absorption rate of about 25 percent, including pre-financing. At the same time, Prime Minister added that in addition to maximizing the absorption rate, Romanian authorities are also making efforts to ensure quality projects that would qualify for European funding.

The talks between the two senior officials also addressed the post-2020 cohesion policy negotiations, including from the perspective of the Romania’s mandate to the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Romanian Prime Minister pointed out that Romania would appreciate greater flexibility for Member States in allocating the budget to the objectives defined by the new regulatory framework so as to reduce the gaps in infrastructure development in key areas: telecommunications, transport, environment, energy, healthcare and education. The meeting also focused on how the EU member states and Romania will define and transpose after 2020 thematic priorities such as: innovation, digitisation, transport, social affairs and infrastructure.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said that Romania is proposing a constructive approach that will lead to a compromise that will reflect both the needs to meet the new challenges and the needs for achieving real convergence at the level of the European Union, by providing adequate funding for cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy.

The Head of the Executive and the European Commissioner also discussed the latest developments in projects such as the M6 subway line and three regional hospitals. In the context, they agreed on the submission of additional projects in the field of transport and road infrastructure.

Cross-border policy, migration, cooperation with the Republic of Moldova, regional co-operation in the quadrilateral format and the Danube Strategy were other topics addressed during the meeting.

The European Commissioner welcomed the legislative changes in the area of public procurement that set a deadline for the resolution of litigations. Prime Minister also stated that cohesion would be another priority of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila invited Commissioner Cretu to attend an international conference on the future of the cohesion policy to be held in Bucharest at the end of October.

As regards the floods, Corina Cretu gave assurances that experts from the European Commission will be sent to Romania to contribute to the assessment of the situation caused by the late heavy rainfall.

 

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger, in the context of her working visit to Brussels. Attending the talks was also the Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed her appreciation for the good cooperation with the European Commission and the trust that this will continue in the same constructive spirit, especially in the context of the preparations and exercise by Romania of the presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester next year.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila mentioned the opportunity that the presidency of the Council of the EU represents for Romania, to prove its deep attachment to the European construction and to promote the European interest. The Romanian Prime Minister presented at the same time the main objectives that Romania will undertake during its mandate as President of the Council of the EU, in relation to a series of major European dossiers, the exchange of opinions mainly aiming at negotiations regarding the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 -2027, the priority dossier being in the potfolio of European Commissioner Günther Oettinger.

In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed Romania’s interest and commitment to actively contribute during its presidency of the Council of the EU, to identifying a consensus, in making important decisions regarding the future multiannual budget of the Union, that would allow an efficient and timely implementation of the investment projects at the EU level. Moreover, Prime Minister emphasized the importance of agreeing on some balanced solutions on the future Financial Framework, to reflect both the need to continue the process of economic and social convergence across the entire Union and the need to provide an adequate response to the new realities and challenges that the Union and the Member States need to cope with.

The Head of the Bucharest Executive outlined the fact that Romania can contribute to facilitating a political agreement to be reached on the post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework by holding in Bucharest in late October an international conference on the future of the cohesion policy.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also pointed to the main elements of interest for Romania in relation with the upcoming post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, emphasizing the importance of maintaining substantial allocations for the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy, promoting solutions to contribute to the simplification and increased flexibility of the implementation process, at the level of the Member States and beneficiaries, European programmes and financial instruments. In this context, Prime Minister reiterated Romania’s support for the allocations necessary to sustain the new priorities of the Union.

Creation of an European framework to ensure the premises for the promotion of employment facilities and geographical and occupational mobility, as well as adaptation to the industrial transformations and the evolution of the production systems was other topic addressed during the meeting with Günther Oettinger.

Prime Minister of Romania and the European Commissioner agreed on initiating in Bucharest, during September –November 2018, a dialogue of experts in the budget and human resources areas.

The European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger thanked the Romanian Prime Minister for the timely initiation of the dialogue with the representatives of the European Commission, emphasizing that this demarche shows the Romanian Government’s interest in having a successful mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The European Commissioner has accepted the invitation of the Romanian Prime Minister to pay a visit to Romania as soon as possible.

 

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting in Brussels with the diplomats of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today, July 10, 2018, with the diplomats of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, during her working visit to Brussels. Attending the meeting was also the Minister of European funds Rovana Plumb.

The Head of the Executive addressed the Romanian diplomats on the essential mission they will have when our country takes over the presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019.

"We are prepared to undertake the important role we will have next year in exercising the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. You know the dossiers best and I trust that, together, we will manage to carry through this national project”, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.

On the occasion of the visit to the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, Prime Minister Dancila inaugurated the exhibition "Romanian Nuances" of painter Emil Ciocoiu and sculptor Vladimir Kazan, in the context of the celebration of the Centennial Aniversary in the European Capital.

 

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan, in the context of the working visit that the Romanian official is paying to Brussels during 9-10 July. Minister of European funds Rovana Plumb attended this meeting too.

During the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister and the European Commissioner Phil Hogan tackled priority aspects of the European agenda, with focus on the ongoing demarches at the EU level, on the common agricultural policy. There were also tackled aspects on the state of preparedness for the exercise by Romania, starting January 1, 2019, of the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed that one of Romania’s major objectives, as President of the Council of the EU, will be that of securing that the EU policies are constantly linked to the principle of cohesion, as EU common value. From this perspective, Romania will make efforts to advance the negotiation process, and to adopt in a timely manner, in line with the support of the other member states of the Union, the proposals regarding the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that the common agricultural policy demonstrated its value added, representing a genuine catalyst for economic and social development of European rural areas, for the active and accelerated maintainance of the process of cohesion among regions and for the provision of safe food, of high quality and at affordable prices for European citizens.

In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister outlined the need to adequately reflect the major role of this policy at the level of allocations for the Common Agricultural Policy in the future European budget. Prime Minister of Romania also mentioned that the Government supports the maintenance of the CAP budget at a level comparable to the current one, mentioning at the same time that Romania appreciates the Commission's good intentions to simplify and increase subsidiarity in the implementation of the future Common Agricultural Policy, as well as the proposal to further reduce the gap between farmer direct payments in different member states. The Head of the Executive further stated that Romania does not agree with capping, which will seriously affect the most competitive farms in our country.

The two officials also discussed the Commission's proposals on supporting small farms and young farmers in Romania.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also underlined the importance of ensuring a simplified architecture of the future policy in the post-2020 time frame, allowing for an increased level of transparency, accessibility and efficiency in relation to direct beneficiaries of this policy.

Prime Minister appreciated the role that the European Commission will have in the European decision-making process regarding the proposals in the field of agriculture and expressed Romania’s interest and openness to continue the cooperation with the Commission in order to identify together with the Member States and the European Parliament the best solutions for European agriculture, for European farmers and, in essence, for European citizens as the main beneficiaries of EU policies.

The Head of the Executive also brought out into discussion the current problems Romania is facing, namely the African swine fever and the floods affecting several counties. With respect to African swine fever, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development mentioned that this started in Poland and that he considers ways to provide assistance to our country.

Regarding floods, the Romanian Prime Minister and Commissioner Phil Hogan agreed that, next week, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, will discuss the aid that the European Commission can provide to our country. The effects of climate change on the overall agricultural sector will be analyzed, and, alongside the floods, the drought that affects other member states will be considered as well.

The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development accepted the invitation extended by the Romanian Prime Minister to pay a visit to Romania as soon as possible.

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On July 9-10, 2018, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila will pay a working visit to Brussels, on which occasion she will have a meeting with the President of the European Commision Jean –Claude Juncker. Prime Minister will hold talks with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, and with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger.

The visit to Brussels is aimed at intensifying the Romanian Government’s dialogue with the European institutions, in the perspective of our country taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019.

The senior Romanian official will reiterate the Romanian authorities’ firm commitment to ensure a successful mandate, will highlight Romania’s objective to contribute in a constructive manner to defining and promoting the European common interest, to ensuring unity and cohesion among Member States and to the European citizens drawing closer to the EU.

Priority aspects on the European agenda, with focus on the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy will also be tackled.



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