English available languagesRomania took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During its Presidency, Romania will be representing the Council of the European Union throughout its dialogue with the other European institutions, especially with the European Commission and the European Parliament, while also working in close contact with the President of the European Council during the decision-making process.
First Romanian EU Presidency
The rotating Presidency covers the current management of the European agenda and it also presides the sector-based configurations of the Council to all levels (ministerial, ambassadorial and technical levels), except for the Foreign Affairs Council. The Presidency must act as an impartial mediator, mainly focusing on submitting compromise papers, able to lead to the adoption of common points of view by the Member States.
Between 1st of January and 30 June 2019, Romania will exercise its first mandate at the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union against a background of a European agenda marked by political developments and dossiers with a decisive impact on the future of the Union.
BREXIT is an ongoing issue
The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the negotiation of the future European budget, the European Parliament elections in May 2019, preceded by a campaign with major political stakes and messages with potential for disinformation and division at European level will increase the complexity of the agenda.
— EU Council (@EUCouncil) 2. siječnja 2019.
Cohesion, a common European value
Within this evolving framework, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will aim to promote a vision focused on the principle of European cohesion on all dimensions – political, economic and social. Working under the motto “Cohesion, a common European value”, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will focus on identifying solutions that reflect both the interests of the Member States and the vision of the European institutions, acting in the spirit of a stronger and more united Europe.
In this vein, the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union reflect the need for cohesion and have been assigned to four main pillars of action:
- (1) Europe of convergence: growth, cohesion, competitiveness, connectivity;
- (2) A safer Europe;
- (3) Europe as a stronger global actor;
- (4) Europe of common values.
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