The Finnish Government has shown its readiness to take over EU Council presidency sooner if the Bucharest authorities ask for it, but the Romanian Government hasn’t expressed intention to postpone the takeover, according to the press in Helsinki. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) reacted Tuesday evening, stating that Romania is ready to take office on January 1, 2019, and preparations are taking place according to the calendar.
MAE also states that, following the clarifications provided by the Romanian Embassy in Helsinki, the main Finnish daily published an update of the information on the statements made by the Finnish officials, an update which includes the position of the Romanian Executive and clarifies that Romania is not facing impossibility to exercise the mandate and will not seek assistance from the Finnish Government, hotnews.ro reports.
According to Finland’s public radio website, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said that his government has shown its readiness to swap with Romania the presidency of the EU Council if the authorities in Bucharest ask for it. Sipilä said on Tuesday for the STT agency that Romania has no intention of postponing the takeover of the EU Council presidency, which will begin on January 1, 2019, before the Finnish presidency scheduled for the second half of next year.
MAE says the preparations are timely.
MAE has also conveyed that, following the clarifications provided by the Romanian Embassy in Helsinki, the main Finnish daily published an update of the information that addresses the statements of the Finnish officials, an update that includes the position of the Romanian Executive and clarifies that Romania is not in the impossibility of exercising its mandate and will not seek assistance in this regard from the Finnish Government.
“This mandate is an opportunity to confirm Romania’s commitment to the European Union and to promote its values, as well as to strengthen and articulate the role of Romania at the level of the Member States,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed on Tuesday.