Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday participated in Zagreb in the opening of the Summit of the heads of gov't with the member states of the Central European Initiative (CEI), an opportunity to announce that Romania is forthright with its preparations for taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, a Government press release informs..
The core theme of the CEI Summit was the strengthening of the regional security and the economic development's promotion, in support of the region's connection to the European values and practices. More specifically, the participants approached the topic of interconnecting the CEI member states with the purpose to achieve sustainable regional development and support the European path of the aspiring or candidate countries in the region, as well as the impact of the provocative actions of some third parties upon the security of the area.
The Romanian prime minister congratulated her Croatian counterpart for the latter's success recorded at the helm of the CEI presidency this year and hailed the importance given to certain particular topics, such as the energy efficiency, the European integration and competitiveness.
"Premier Viorica Dancila announced that Romania is forthright with its preparations for the takeover of the first rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019, context in which the continuation of enlargement with the Western Balkans states is a priority. The Romanian premier added that Romania stays committed with its political support and technical assistance offer for the advancement of the reforms in the region's states, in the process of rapprochement with the Euroatlantic structures," the release says.
In context, Dancila stressed the interest for the optimum use of the collaboration formats and the capitalisation on their unique contribution to the area's stability, the promotion of the good neighbourly relations, interconnectivity and economic cooperation. The Romanian gov't's head also emphasised the relevance of the CEI for the accomplishment of these goals, through the transfer of expertise in key-fields, such as the anti-corruption fight, the good governance, the cut of development gaps, competitiveness and innovation.
The premier expressed her backing for the development of the regional cooperation in this format and concomitantly for the steps of strengthening the CEI efficiency, by focusing on projects with economic and social impact in the region.
Viorica Dancila wished good luck to Italy, that took over the CEI Presidency-in-Exercise from Croatia and assured that Romania is backing and having cooperation availability.