The EU chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier is in Bucharest today, meeting President Klaus Iohannis and PM Viorica Dancila.
President Iohannis told Barnier at Cotroceni Palace that it’s important the preservation of the unity of the 27 EU members within the negotiations on Brexit, the Presidential Administration informed.
Iohannis stated that Romania is supporting an organized, predictable process of the UK withdrawal, “to lay the foundations for a future as close as possible EU-UK relation”.
“The main priority in this stage of negotiations is the conclusion of the text of the Withdrawal Agreement as soon as possible by identifying some solutions on the still divergent issues, particularly on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. As for the economic cooperation pattern, Romania’s President underlined that the integrity of the EU Single Market and the indivisibility of the four freedoms represent the main pillars of the European project and they are not negotiable,” the Presidency’s press release concludes.
According to a Government press release, the meeting between Dancila and Barnier focused on the stage of negotiations between the EU and the UK, especially from the view of Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the EU Council as of January 2019. „PM Viorica Dancila has delivered assurances on the support Romania is granting to the chief negotiator in carrying out his mandate,” says the release, adding that the head of the Romanian executive underlined that Romania is paying a particular attention in the Brexit file, „considering the significant Romanian community living in UK”, and revealed that Romania „had started preparations on the Brexit issue”, by establishing „an interministerial mechanism in March 2018”.
„The PM pointed out that Romania is ready to manage any possible scenario of the negotiations.”
Dancila also said that progress has been made within the negotiations, particularly on the chapter referring to the citizens’ rights. „The Romanian official stressed on the need of guaranteeing these rights, saying Romania will keep on monitoring the way the Agreement provisions are enforced, so that all Romanian citizens residing in UK should be able to live, work and study under the same conditions as before”.