Prime Minister, Viorica Dancila, said Tuesday evening Romania is fully prepared to take over the EU Council presidency and the Government is well prepared together with an army of specialists.
“The entire action programme is ready. More than 1,000 meetings will take place during Romania’s presidency. Lots of formal and informal events will take place in Romania. We’ve have actually started to organize the summit,” Premier Dancila said for Antena 3 TV private broadcaster.
The head of Government has rejected the proposal coming from Finland and charged President Iohannis with ‘wanting to topple a legitimate government, at any price, wanting anarchy’.
Viorica Dancila said the European parliament resolution on the rule of law in Romania is ‘purely political, groundless’ and defended the Romanian Gendarmerie. She also said the Romanian MEPs who voted in favour of the resolution should be ashamed.
“It is unacceptable to ask for the suspension of the appointment and revocation of prosecutors. It’s incorrect to resume the revocation procedures, given that the prosecutor in Germany was dismissed in one day. We wonder why such an interference?” Dancila said.
The Premier also said the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report is profoundly unjust and says this is a brutal intervention in the state institutions. “It is unacceptable to ask us to suspend certain procedures. I am revolted. I demand equal treatment for Romanians,” Dancila said.
In another development, the ‘Premier’s hour’, which should have taken place Wednesday morning at 10.00h in the Chamber of Deputies, has been cancelled. The debate was requested by the opposition parties and had been scheduled since last week to deal with Romania’s commitments to the EU and the way the Gov’t meets the demands. The moment should have been a special one, one day after the release of the CVM report on Romania by the European Commission and after the resolution on the rule of law in Romania voted by the European Parliament.
Thus, PM Viorica Dancila should have attended the debates in the Chamber of Deputies, but the event has been postponed on reasons related to the oath-taking ceremony of the Delegate Minister for European Affairs, George Ciamba.
Social-democrat Deputy, Georgian Pop, said on Wednesday the postponement is due to the ceremony at Cotroceni Palace, also scheduled at 10.00h.
However, the source informs that the Premier’s agenda did not include for Wednesday any event at the mentioned hour.
President Iohannis says ‘we are one second before 12.00h’ to prepare the EU Council presidency
On Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis reacted to the offer made by Finland to swap the EU Council presidency mandates, to say ‘we are one second before 12.00h’ to prepare the presidency. “I believe it can be done,” the head of state said, addressing the swearing in ceremony of the new Delegate Minister for European Affairs, George Ciamba, at Cotroceni Palace.
“I wish you to succeed, together with the other members of the Government, to enter on the straight line for preparing the EU Council presidency. I wish you lots of success,” President Iohannis said.