Iohannis in Brussels: Romania’s preparations to take over the Presidency of the EU Council are advanced


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President Klaus Iohannis has stated before attending the European Council meeting in Brussels that “after certain disruptions”, the preparations for Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union are “advanced”.

Questioned if Romania is ready to take over the Presidency of the EU Council, the head of state replied: “We are ready. There is always room for improvement, but I would like to say very honestly that, after certain disruptions that occurred and that I underlined at the time, preparations are advanced.”

The Romanian President assured that “we are reasonably prepared to complete the mission”.

The wheels are in motion and I think this is good news – both for Romanians – but also for our European partners. Even if domestically we have difficult approaches in some areas, as regards the presidency we are reasonably well prepared and we will complete our mission,” Iohannis further said.

On the other hand, President Klaus Iohannis discussed with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Brussels on Thursday about the visit that the Austrian official will pay to Romania next week on December 21, as well as about the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Austria is currently holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU.

President Klaus Iohannis pointed out that Romania will act with pragmatism and responsibility during its mandate of the rotating Presidency of the EU council, aiming to contribute, through its actions, to the advancement of negotiations on priority files at European level, in a joint effort to obtain results to the benefit of the entire Union,” the Presidential Administration says in a press release.

At the same time, Sebastian Kurz voiced “support for the objectives and priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.”

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