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Positive balance sheet of the Slovakian presidency

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The representative of the European Commission to Romania organised on Thursday 15 December a press conference for the balance of the Slovakian presidency of the European Union having as guest his excellency Mr.Jan Gabor, ambassador of Slovakia to Bucharest.

‘The European project is not built in Brussels only, but on local plan, by cooperation with the member states. The more efficient this cooperation is the more the European Union becomds more powerful’ stated in his intervention Jan Gabor when he said the EU Presidency gave him the occasion to strengthen the bilateral relations with Romania.

‘It is important to listen to what the citizens tells us, with each vote we have so that we build the Union they expect from us. For this, we need, at the same time, a strategic vision on long term and the capacity to answer in real time to all crises.’ said Angela Cristea, the head of the representative of the European Commission in Romania.

The way the European Union is going to take in the following years and the success of the presidency of the EU council depends on the quality of its negotiators, the support offered by government and the civil society given to its programme and the active involvement of each citizen. This is the main conclusion of the debate on the issue of Slovakia’s experience at the helm of the European Union. At the same time, it was underlined the importance of thorough preparation for this role, so that the programme established to be achieved as a whole and many benefits for the European citizen.

During the debate there were mentioned important moments which could be noticed during the presidency period such as the summit in Bratislava, the launching of the European Solidarity Corpus,the European Coast Guard, the implementation of the Investment Plan and the economic relaunch in Europe and not the least, the concentration of sustainable growth which could bring benefits to all European citizens.

Context

The presidency of the council is made by rotation among the member states of the EU every six months. During this period, the presidency leads the reunions at all levels in the council, contributing to the continuity of the EU works durin this period.

Romania will have the presidency of the EU council between January – June 2019.

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