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EC College of Commissioners discusses EU priorities

EC College of Commissioners discusses EU priorities

Brussels, Jan 12 (UNI) The College of Commissioners of the European Commission has travelled to Bucharest in order to discuss the EU's priorities under the current 6-months, first-ever, Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

President Jean-Claude Juncker Juncker had meetings with the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, the Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, the President of the Senate Călin Popescu-Tariceanu and the the Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies on Friday.

In his meeting with Klaus Iohannis, President Juncker highlighted the immense challenge of the Romanian Presidency for the months ahead. He insisted that cooperation of all actors will be needed for a successful Presidency and discussed how an agreement in principle on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 can be achieved by the Sibiu Summit.

At the press conference with Klaus Iohannis, President Juncker said:"La présidence roumaine sera une présidence qui doit être une présidence qui fournira des résultats. Nous avons sur la table du co-législateur – du Conseil et du Parlement européen – plus que de 240 propositions législatives qui ont été introduites par la Commission et nous voudrions que la plupart d’entre elles trouvent une décision d’action législative définitive avant les élections européennes. Il y a du travail à faire pour la présidence roumaine, et je m’excuse auprès du Président que la Commission a travaillé avec sévérité pour pouvoir proposer et soumettre à la médiation du Conseil et du Parlement un nombre important d’initiatives législatives."

In his meeting with the Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, President Juncker outlined his broad support for the Romanian Presidency priorities and the importance of fully delivering on the political and legislative priorities, including closing as many legislative files as possible in a very short timeframe and negotiating an agreement in principle on the next Multiannual Financial Framework for the Sibiu Summit. President Juncker reaffirmed that - with a view to Brexit, strong unity of EU27 needs to be maintained.

On the need to deliver on the political and legislative priorities, at the press conference with the Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, President Juncker said: "Il reste très peu de temps, parce que le Parlement européen va arrêter ses travaux le 18 avril et entre le 18 avril et le mois d’octobre, Il y aura très peu de travaux législatifs qui vont pouvoir être entamés par le nouveau Parlement et donc il faudra que nous mettions à profit les quelques semaines qui nous restent jusqu'aux élections européennes pour faire en sorte que le programme législatif avance".

Last night, President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Speaking in the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, President Juncker said: "I count on the energy and unity of the Romanian nation, all political forces and all institutions in order to take the necessary decisions and advance our Union during your Presidency."

President Juncker also said: "Over the course of these months, the Commission – who is a friend to Romania, even if some in this country seem to doubt this sometimes – will always be at your side, carried by the same spirit which drives those who are here today: To make sure that the first Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be a great moment in the history of Romania and a great moment in the history of the European Union."

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