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Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen



Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had on December 21, 2021, a meeting with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in the context of his visit to Brussels.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă presented the Romanian Government’s priorities for the next period. He referred to the efforts for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of healthcare as well as from the perspective of economic and social implications and he thanked the President of the Commission for the involvement of the European institution in supporting these efforts, including the vaccination campaign in Romania. The Prime Minister also presented the economic recovery efforts based on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and underscored the concern for ensuring fiscal –budgetary stability, an objective reflected in next year’s budget projection. In this respect, Prime Minister gave assurances regarding the Government’s determination to adopt the measures necessary for the accession of the funds available through PNRR(National Recovery and Resilience Plan).

In the discussions with the European Commission President, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă gave assurances regarding the Government’s full availability for open and constructive cooperation with the European Commission to fulfil the joint European commitments and objectives.

As regards the priorities of the European agenda, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă showed that Romania is backing the efforts to advance European policies to strengthen the Union’s resilience, following the lessons learnt from the pandemic, so that the Union and the Member States have available effective instruments and solutions to enable them to be better prepared to cope with any challenges or crises in the future.

The Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the special contribution of integrated Schengen space, without fragmentation, to the objective of consolidating the internal market, and in this context, he reiterated the call on the need for a decision to be made as soon as possible on Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. In this regard, Prime Minister thanked the European Commission for its constant support in this demarche, reconfirmed at the meeting with the President of the Commission.

At the same time, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă recalled Romania’s objective of finalizing the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, emphasizing the Government’s commitment to promoting the necessary reforms in this respect.

The Prime Minister also referred to the Union's major objective of a dual green and digital transition, giving assurances regarding Romania's support for its advancement, as a prerequisite for the future development of the Union and its Member States, for adapting to the demands of a future economy.

At the same time, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă maintained that the solutions to be formulated at the EU level to achieve these objectives must be balanced, adapted to the economic and social realities of the Member States, including Romania, so as not to present the risk of accentuating the development differences within the Union and affect the economic stability of the Member States. Prime Minister Ciucă reiterated the importance of adopting as soon as possible a complementary delegated Act on taxonomy, including natural gas and nuclear energy.

The discussions with the President of the European Commission also addressed aspects of the Union's external agenda, especially in the context of the worrying developments in Ukraine and those on the EU's border with Belarus. In this context, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă expressed concern over Russia's military actions in Ukraine and the Black Sea area, calling for a united and strong message from the EU aimed at deterring an escalation of the security situation.

The President of the European Commission gave assurances regarding the seriousness with which the European institutions are considering this dossier and also concerning the close coordination of the action with the United States and the other partners, reiterating the common message that if the situation continues to escalate, there will be major costs for the Russian side.

The Prime Minister also referred to the importance of supporting the efforts of European integration of the Republic of Moldova, respectively of deep democratic reform, initiated by the Chisinau Executive, including in terms of ensuring energy security. In this regard, he agreed with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who thanked Romania for its support to the Republic of Moldova during the recent energy crisis, to continue the joint action in support of Chisinau's efforts.

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