The hardest challenge for Romania when holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union will be to regain confidence from the Member States, says Bernd Fabritius, assigned by the German Government for national minorities issues and President of the Federation of Expellees (BdV).
Fabritius has told RFI that President Klaus Iohannis is the one to stay ‘at the top of the table’ during the six-month mandate and not Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. He added that Romania’s ‘severe disability’ is the distant attitude in regard to European values.
“The Romanian Government is not ready for this task (the presidency of the Council of the European Union – our note). To be ready means to have the confidence of the European partners in terms of democracy, rule of law, fighting corruption and the Romanian Government has acted contrary to these issues, has destroyed the confidence that existed,” the German official said.
He stressed that from the technical point of view Romania is ready. “I am afraid this is not only a technical matter, it is related to political confidence, to deal with the EU funds. Romania has not succeeded to have the needed confidence, has shown a distant position in regard to European values and this is a severe disability for this position,” he added.
Bernd Fabritius said Klaus Iohannis, as head of state, is the very well-known person, very pragmatic for the EU partners. “Premier Dancila is less known in this framework, she is known mainly for meeting the party demands and the demands of persons not authorized to represent the country in Europe. For this reason, the only chance for this period to be successful is that President Iohannis is the driving engine for the EU Council presidency,” he said.