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French President Macron: Romanian Presidency of the EU Council will be marked by big stakes

France’s President Emmanuel Macron told a joint press statement with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis that the Presidency of the EU Council that is to be taken over by Romania as of January 1, 2019 will be marked by „big stakes” such as migration, Brexit and the roadmap for Europe’s future.

Your Presidency will be marked by big stakes, Brexit, migration and the roadmap for Europe’s future. The summit in Sibiu will be a decisive phase of re-founding Europe,” said Macron in Paris on Tuesday, in  a joint press statement with Klaus Iohannis.

The French President also talked about the rule of law, congratulating Iohannis for the efforts he is taking in this respect, to endorse the judiciary in Romania.

We’ll talk about the situation of the rule of law on Europe and here I hail Mr. Iohannis’ efforts, who is fighting in his country against all things that lead to that,” Macron said.

Macron wished Romania „an excellent celebration of its Centennial”, while underlining that culture is a true „binding agent” across Europe. „I think that, besides all that is making us resembling or different, we are together”, the French President concluded.

In his turn, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said that Romania’s goal is that during this period „Romanian and France should celebrate joint values”.

„In just one month, Romania will take over the Presidency of the EU Council, for the first time since it has joined the EU. We intend that Romania and France celebrate the values underlying the EU through a large joint cultural programme,” Iohannis said.

He pointed out that the Romania-France season that has been opened in Paris on Tuesday plans to celebrate the bilateral influences, voicing hope that more and more youngsters will attend the events to be held in France and Romania until July 14, 2019.

At the same time, the two presidents Klaus Iohannis and Emmanuel Macron signed an updated political statement on their bilateral Strategic Partnership signed ten years ago.

The document says that Romania and France will jointly define and implement a new roadmap for the development of policies of common interest for the upcoming four years.

As for the cooperation within the European Union, the document states that France will provide Romania with support during the Bucharest’s mandate at the helm of the EU Council.

The two states pledge to enhance their dialogue on European affairs, both bilaterally and with other European partners, particularly in the Romania-France-Germany trilateral format, the document further reads, with France endorsing Romania’s efforts to join the Schengen area.

Moreover, Romania and France commit to deepen economic cooperation, to strengthen cooperation in innovation, transport and energy efficiency, civil nuclear exploitation, as well as culture and education.

In terms of defence, security and international cooperation, the two countries vowed their commitment to NATO.

Romania and France argue that the creation of a European Defense Fund and the launch of Permanent Structured Cooperation will favor technological and industrial cooperation and will allow the creation of a competitive and innovative European industrial and technological defense base with specific support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

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