September 13, 2018

Minister-delegate Negrescu: Romania, ready to host informal European summit
Sep 13, 2018

Minister-delegate Negrescu: Romania, ready to host informal European summit.
Romania is ready to host an informal summit of heads of state or government of the European Union on May 9, 2019, and "the Romanian government is making the necessary efforts to make the event a success," Romania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) said Thursday in a press statement. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu was in Sibiu on Wednesday and Thursday, alongside the Director and Head of Protocol at the General Secretariat of the Council Dominique-Georges Marro to discuss the latest organisational details of the informal summit of heads of state or government of May 9, 2019, to be held under the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union. Attending the technical discussions, where Negrescu unveiled to the members of the delegation of the General Secretariat of the Council an organisational plan of the summit, were both by the coordinators of the preparations for the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union within the MAE and representatives of the local and central public administrations involved in organising the event, including bodies in charge with guard and protection. The talks focused, among other things, on the events that will take place at the City Hall of Sibiu, the logistics of the infrastructure in the central square of the city, as well as the cultural programme to be unfolded on the side-lines of the summit. "Romania is ready to host, under the best conditions, the informal summit of heads of state or government of the European Union. The Romanian Government considers the presidency of the Council of the European Union to be a priority and makes the necessary efforts, enjoying support from all the authorities and institutions involved in the process of preparation and having a continuous and constructive dialogue with the General Secretariat of the Council, so that the event on May 9, 2019 be a successful one. For six months Romania will be the centre of attention and we want to use this opportunity to recalibrate the future of the European Union along the real agenda of citizens," Negrescu is quoted as saying in the MAE statement. Dominique-Georges Marro and the delegation praised Romania for its efforts, while noting the advanced stage of the preparations for organising the event on May 9, 2019. The summit dedicated to the future of the European Union and the future strategic agenda of the EU leaders for the period 2019-2024 will bring together 27 heads of state or government of the member states, 36 official delegations, 400 high-level guests, 900 journalists and 100 translators. Romania will assume the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2019. While in office, Romania will represent the Council of the European Union in dialogue with the other European institutions, in particular the European Commission and the European Parliament, also working in close coordination with the President of the European Council in the decision-making process. The rotating presidency ensures the day-to-day management of the European agenda and chairs the council sectoral formations at all levels (ministerial, ambassadorial and technical), with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council. The presidency has to act as an impartial mediator, focusing mainly on the presentation of compromise proposals able to lead to the adoption of common positions of the member states. AGERPRES (RO - author: Oana Ghita, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN - author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Rodica State)
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