Iohannis-Dancila meeting: Gov’t says talks tackled Romania’s preparations for taking over the EU Council Presidency

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President Iohannis has met PM Dancila on Wednesday at Cotroceni Palace, as requested by the Presidential Administration, with the Government being the only one that released information about the meeting. According to a Government’s press release, the two officials discussed about the stage of the preparations in the view of Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the EU council in January 2019, and nothing on the amnesty and pardon GEO has been mentioned.

Today, July 18, Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with President Klaus Iohannis where aspects related to Romania’s Presidency of the EU Council, both regarding the stage of the preparations of the dossiers and topics of interest and also regarding technical, infrastructure and programme aspects. Priorities included in the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council have been reviewed and there have been discussions on the timetable of the actions that the Government considers organizing in the first part of next year,” reads the press release.

Talks have underlined Romania’s target to contribute „to promoting the common European interest, to ensuring  unity and cohesion among member states and to bring citizens closer to the EU again.”

The Gov’t also informed that PM Dancila had presented the goals that Romania will assume when it holds the Presidency of the EU Council, related to several major European files.

The Government mentions nothing about the GEO on amnesty and pardon, which has been rumored to be on the Executive’ agenda.

The media reported on Tuesday that Iohannis-Dancila meeting takes  place in a difficult political context, with sources saying that negotiations are taking place in the ruling coalition to issue an emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardon.

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