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Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă attended the working dinner hosted by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel

Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă’s meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel


In the context of his visit to European institutions, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had on December 20, a meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

The two officials exchanged views on the priorities of the European agenda, including in the context of recent discussions by EU leaders on a number of current issues such as the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the evolution of energy prices and their impact on the objectives of the green transition, the perspectives of the European security and defence policy, respectively the developments in the Eastern Neighborhood.

Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă presented the main priorities of the Government and offered assurances regarding Romania's commitment to continue to support, as a state deeply attached to the European project and its core values, efforts to strengthen cohesion and convergence at the EU level. In this context, Prime Minister expressed the full readiness of the Romanian Government to cooperate openly with the European institutions to promote these objectives and to advance solutions and instruments designed to contribute to strengthening the resilience of the Union in the post-crisis period. Prime Minister Ciucă reiterated the determination of the Romanian authorities to continue the fight against corruption, mentioning the relevance in this respect of the recently adopted National Strategy in the field.

Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and the President of the European Council Charles Michel highlighted the importance of continuing joint efforts to manage the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with an emphasis on strengthening health resilience and the full implementation of European instruments to enable economic recovery, in parallel with the process of the green and digital transition.

The Head of the Romanian Executive reiterated the importance attached by the Romanian Government to the objective of finalizing the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, as well as to Romania's accession to the Schengen area.

In this context, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă emphasized the importance of the economic recovery process as a basis for advancing European policies and objectives, appreciating the role of the European Recovery and Resilience Plan in supporting the economic recovery efforts and stimulating investments at the level of Member States. The Prime Minister presented the major priorities of Romania for the next period, which aim at both the achievement of the basic infrastructure in multiple fields, as well as the adaptation to the processes of transformation at the European level in the digital field and of the climate changes.

Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă referred to the opportunities for development and future orientation that the ecological transition process offers to the member states, emphasizing, at the same time, the need to manage the inherent challenges in a balanced and equitable way, so that they are no differences in development within the EU, and that the different realities in the Member States should be taken into account.

In this context, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă underlined the importance of natural gas resources and nuclear energy in supporting national economic activity, and it is essential for Romania to maintain their role in the transition process. He mentioned the importance of adopting as soon as possible a complementary delegated act on taxonomy, including natural gas and nuclear power,

The two officials also welcomed the results of the recent Eastern Partnership Summit, emphasizing the need to implement the objectives agreed on this occasion. The Romanian Prime Minister reaffirmed his support for the European course of the Republic of Moldova and for the process of democratic reform, as well as for ensuring energy security, a coordinated action by the European institutions and member states, including Romania being required in this respect.

Regarding the security situation regarding Ukraine and the Black Sea, Prime Minister Ciucă outlined the need for a uniform EU approach, via a strong message to Russia's aggressive and destabilizing actions, in line with the conclusions of last week’s European Council meeting.

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă mentioned the strategic importance of the transatlantic relationship in promoting shared goals and managing common challenges, adding that close EU-US cooperation and coordination is designed to help strengthen the European Union's global role.

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