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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă received the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, at Victoria Palace on Wednesday morning.
At the end of the extended meeting, the head of the Bucharest Executive and the President of the EP supported press statements.
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The European official said that, in his opinion, the time has come to accelerate Romania's accession to the Schengen area.
"I think the time has come to speed up Romania's accession to the Schengen area, because in order to better secure our borders and our security, some countries that are still waiting should enter the Schengen area as soon as possible." – said Antonio Tajani.
In turn, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă said that Romania wants to have a "ambitious but also realistic" presidency of the Council of the European Union.
"Romania wants to have an ambitious yet realistic presidency. I am ambitious because we want to give a positive response to the challenges at European level, that we propose to solve as many of the files on the Presidency's working table as possible. at the same time, realistic, because this and many of these challenges depend not only on Romania, depend on a political agreement, a co-decision between the European institutions, I refer to the European Parliament, the European Commission and, of course, the European Council ", Prime Minister Dăncilă said in joint statements with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.
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"I want to assure you from the very beginning that Romania is ready to take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. We are prepared both from organizational and logistical point of view, but also from the point of view of the program that we have for taking over the presidency. The last form of the presidency of the Council of the European Union will soon be voted in the Romanian Parliament"Dăncilă said at the beginning of the meeting of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament and of the Government of Romania, which takes place at Victoria Palace.
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The prime minister welcomed the presence in Bucharest of the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and the leaders of the EP political groups.
"We are enjoying your presence here today in An Centenar, the year in which Romania celebrates a hundred years since the Great Union. We are happy to welcome you here on the first visit prior to taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Romania on 1 January 2019 ", said Dăncilă.
She pointed out that the talks at the meeting will focus on important topics for the European Union, stating that the topics related to Romania's preparation for the presidency of the EU Council "will bring added value". "At the same time, it will help us to see the common points regarding both the future presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament"said Dăncilă.
The head of the Bucharest government said that during the Romanian presidency of the EU Council, many events will be organized in Romania as well as in Brussels.
"We have multiple events in all areas of the country, we have multiple events in Bucharest, but of course also in Brussels. The program has four distinct points: a Europe of Cohesion – as well as the motto of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union held by Romania is 'Europe of the Common European Values', a Europe of security, an increase in the European Union's global role and, of course, promoting European values ", said Viorica Dăncilă
Also on Wednesday the meeting of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament with the Government of Romania takes place in view of taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
According to the Executive, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, members of the Romanian Government, EP President Antonio Tajani, EP Secretary General Klaus Welle and the leaders of the 9 political groups from the European Parliament will attend the event.
At the beginning of the November 15th Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Dăncilă reiterated that Romania is ready for the successful taking over and the presidency of the EU Council, stating that the action program is finalized, according to Agerpres.
"We will discuss issues of interest to the future of the European Union and the good management of important dossiers and I refer here to the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, Brexit, the Future of the European Union post-Brexit, the evolution of security policy" said Dăncilă.
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