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Tuesday, 07 January

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban’s meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had, at the beginning of his working visit to Brussels, on January 7, 2020, a meeting with the President of the European Council Charles Michel.

The discussions occasioned a review of the developments on a series of special issues of the current agenda of the European Union, in the context of the start of the new institutional cycle and the mandate of the new Commission, as well as in relation to the Union's Strategic Agenda for 2020-2024, adopted by the European Council in June 2019.

In this context, the dialogue focused on the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027, the new commitments in the field of climate change, including from the perspective of the European Commission's proposal to establish a European Green Deal, as well as on issues of interest in defining future EU –UK relations, namely the EU enlargement, Romania's accession to the Schengen area and the prospects for completing the MCV.

Prime Minister presented the Ludovic Orban Cabinet's priorities and expressed Romania's full openness for close and open collaboration with all European institutions, including the new President of the European Council and his team, in support of consensual and constructive solutions promotion at the EU level, to contribute to the advancement of the European agenda for the benefit of all Member States. From this perspective, he highlighted the role of the President of the European Council in coagulating unity and consensus in formulating the EU's response to current challenges, while emphasizing the importance of maintaining the institutional balance provided by the Treaties.

At the same time, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban underlined the special role that the European Council plays in advancing the negotiations on the definition of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and the confidence that President Charles Michel will give an increased speed to this process that will allow the timely adoption of an ambitious European budget, able to sustain the implementation of the commitments undertaken through the EU Strategic Agenda. He also underlined the importance that Romania attaches to the way in which the two traditional policies - the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy - will be reflected in terms of allocations and implementation criteria in the future EU budget. In this context, the Prime Minister referred to the objective of the European Commission to present, in the shortest time, its proposals aimed at creating a financial mechanism dedicated to supporting the implementation of the new European Green Deal, voicing Romania's expectation that these proposals will be focused on supporting Member States and most vulnerable regions in the transition process, in conjunction with the mechanisms and funds available through cohesion policy, which should not be affected.

During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister also addressed a number of issues regarding the EU -UK future relations, with a view to starting negotiations as quickly as possible for a more comprehensive framework in this regard. Prime Minister underlined the support Romania extends to maintaining a closer EU – UK partnership, reaffirming the importance of guaranteeing citizens' rights in the future agreement, based on the principles of reciprocity and equal treatment.

The meeting also facilitated a discussion on developments in the enlargement of the Union, with a view to making high-level political decisions in the coming period. In this context, the Prime Minister of Romania underlined the need to guarantee a credible European perspective for the partners in the region, highlighting the strategic value of this policy for the stability, security and prosperity of the entire continent. On this basis, he called for the fast adoption of positive decisions on the opening of accession negotiations with the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Albania in the spring of this year before the Zagreb Summit on the Western Balkans (May 7, 2020). Prime Minister also highlighted that the discussions on streamlining the enlargement methodology should not delay or block ongoing accession processes. He also outlined the need to support transformative processes, in line with European values, in the Eastern Partnership states, that are entitled to the recognition of their European perspective. Prime Minister of Romania made a presentation of the political situation in the Republic of Moldova, outlining the need for the European Union to implement a strict conditionality policy in relation to the new socialist government, in order to stimulate real reforms, as follow –up of the previous Government's efforts.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban highlighted the importance that Romania attaches to our country's accession to the Schengen area and, respectively, to the completion of the MCV.

The European Council President wished much success to the Romanian Prime Minister in his term of office and thanked for the Government’s efforts towards supporting the rule of law and the justice independence. 

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