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February 12, Prime Minister Florin Cîțu on working visit to Brussels

Prime Minister Florin Cîțu's meeting with the President of the European Council Charles Michel

 

Prime Minister Florin Cîțu, had today, February 12, 2021, a meeting with the President of the European Council Charles Michel, in the context of his visit to the European institutions.

The two officials had discussions over major EU dossiers, with a focus on managing the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic recovery efforts at European level and the Union's external agenda.

Prime Minister Florin Cîțu presented the priorities of the Romanian Government and expressed our country’s commitment to continuing to back, as a state deeply attached to the European project and its fundamental values, the efforts to strengthen cohesion and convergence at Union level. President Charles Michel voiced his appreciation for the deeply pro-European conduct of our country and the excellent cooperation with Romania within the European Council.

The two senior officials agreed on the need to continue efforts for coordinated action at European level in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Florin Cîțu underlined the importance that Romania attaches to ensuring a continuous vaccination process, without syncope, and showed that it is essential that the Union's action ensures, on the one hand, the supply of vaccines, and, on the other hand, the implementation of the measures necessary for the economic recovery, the proper functioning of the single market, the flow of essential goods and services, and the free movement of persons.

The Romanian Prime Minister also outlined the need to convey a message of solidarity, especially to the European Union's closest partners, such as the countries of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership, by supporting vaccination campaigns and donating vaccine doses, and he evoked in this context, Romania’s commitment to donate 200,000 vaccine doses to the Republic of Moldova. President Charles Michel fully agreed with this approach and voiced support for the development of an effective mechanism in this regard.

In the context of discussions regarding the operationalization of the European budget and economic recovery instruments, Prime Minister Florin Cîțu praised the special role that the President of the European Council had, in reaching the European agreement on this issue in July 2020. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister evoked Romania's efforts to finalize the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

The two senior officials also discussed the implementation of the European Green Deal, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasizing Romania's support for the objectives established at EU level, at the same time with adjustment of the implementation process according to the specifics of each country. In this respect, Romania needs a fair and sustainable transition from coal to natural gas and then to hydrogen, with adequate support for the social costs incurred.

Also, the Romanian Prime Minister advocated the finalization of the CVM, following the fulfilment of the European Commission’s recommendations to which the Romanian Government is fully committed, he also advocated Romania's accession to the Schengen area, taking into account that our country has met all conditions in this regard. President Charles Michel voiced support for Romania's efforts on the two dossiers.

The meeting also facilitated a discussion on a number of issues on the European Union's external agenda.

Thus, Prime Minister Florin Cîțu expressed the expectation that this year's Eastern Partnership Summit will reconfirm the importance of this European initiative, emphasizing the need for the post-2020 agenda to focus on bringing the Eastern Partnership states closer to European values.

Moreover, Prime Minister also underlined the special opportunity opened by the term of the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, advocating the consolidation of European support for boosting the democratic reforms in the Republic of Moldova, promoted by the new President, in compliance with the pro-European option of the Republic of Moldova’s citizens.

The EU's relations with Russia and Turkey were also addressed during the meeting.

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Prime Minister Florin Cîțu’s meetings with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Valdis Dombrovskis, the Executive Vice - President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People

 

Prime Minister Florin Cîțu had a meeting with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, in Brussels on Friday, February 12, 2021, on the occasion of his visit to the European institutions.

The two senior officials comprehensively addressed relevant issues in relation to the European Union's agenda, with a focus on managing the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the economic recovery process and the objectives of combating climate change and the digital transition.

Regarding the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister reaffirmed the importance of maintaining a coordinated approach at EU level in the context of the current epidemiological situation at European and international level, especially considering the risks posed by virus mutations, and he welcomed the Commission’s coordination efforts, under the leadership of President Ursula von der Leyen.

The Romanian Prime Minister also presented the state of the national vaccination campaign, which places Romania in a top spot among the member states in this respect. At the same time, he voiced confidence that the new commitments of vaccine suppliers will be met in order to allow vaccination campaigns to run smoothly. The President of the Commission thanked for Romania’s decision to donate up to 200,000 vaccine doses to the Republic of Moldova.

Regarding the economic relaunch process, the Romanian Prime Minister presented the efforts to complete the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, emphasizing the importance of infrastructure investments, including from the perspective of their contribution to the green and digital transition. Prime Minister thanked the Commission for its cooperation with the national institutions responsible for drawing up the Plan, stating that it would be submitted to the Commission within the period set out in the programmatic documents. In turn, the President of the Commission welcomed the close contacts between the Government and the Commission representatives during this period, on the completion of the PNRR.

Moreover, Prime Minister Florin Cîțu highlighted the priority Romania attaches to the fulfilment of the European Commission’s recommendations with a view to finalizing the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism and he evoked the constant dialogue and close cooperation with the Commission, on this topic. He also reiterated that Romania's priority objective is to join the Schengen area. The President of the European Commission voiced her appreciation for the Romanian Government's determination regarding the completion of the CVM, as well as strong support for Romania's accession to the Schengen area.

At the same time, the Prime Minister requested the support of the President of the European Commission for an extended Romanian presence within the governing bodies of the European institutions, including the Commission services.

During the course of February 12, Prime Minister Florin Cîțu also had a meeting with Valdis Dombrovskis, the Executive Vice - President of the European Commission for  An Economy that Works for People.

During this meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister pointed out that one of the key objectives of the Government, besides combating the pandemic, is to start the process of economic recovery and ensure fiscal-budgetary stability. He also stated the importance attached by Romania to the completion of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan as a basis for backing these objectives while the European Commissioner emphasized the very good technical dialogue existing between the Romanian side and the Commission for this purpose.

The Romanian Prime Minister made a presentation of the draft budget for 2021, as well as of the main reforms envisaged by the Government, in close connection with the draft budget, Commissioner Dombrovskis praising the Government's efforts for this purpose.

In this context, Prime Minister Florin Cîțu pointed out that the use of fiscal mechanisms to foster green transition should take into account the specific circumstances of each Member State, in order to avoid an excessive budgetary impact on some of them.



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