Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union(EU) 2019

Romania will take over, during 1 January – 30 June 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This office is covered by rotation every six months by the European Union Member States.

Source of photo:, European Commission and Romania


Romania will take over, during 1 January – 30 June 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This office is covered by rotation every six months by the European Union Member States. During its Presidency, Romania will be representing the Council of the European Union throughout its dialogue with the other European institutions, especially with the European Commission and the European Parliament, while also working in close contact with the President of the European Council during the decision-making process. The rotating Presidency covers the current management of the European agenda and it also presides the sector-based configurations of the Council to all levels (ministerial, ambassadorial and technical levels), except for the Foreign Affairs Council. The Presidency must act as an impartial mediator, mainly focusing on submitting compromise papers, able to lead to the adoption of common points of view by the Member States.


the logo for Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019


The Romanian Presidency of the EU Council will organise events throughout the country.

Romania is undergoing intense preparations in view of the upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the semestrial mandate starting with January 1, 2019. The Romanian Presidency will cover a period of utmost importance for defining the Union’s future, which will include the expected completion of the Brexit process and charged by a symbolic load, with the European citizens sharing a sense of unity, solidarity, and common future. Holding this mandate, a first for our country, will represent both an unprecedented challenge, and a significant opportunity. Romania will be at the core of the European decision-making process, holding an important role in facilitating the process of reflection on ways to develop and consolidate the European project, the process of negotiation to develop the community acquis and, implicitly, to consolidate cooperation between the Union’s Member States. Assuming, over a period of six months, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an obligation arising from the capacity of Member State, and entails an exceptional effort in consolidating a national vision on the future of the European Union and in increasing the administrative capacity, necessary for the exercise of this mandate. Throughout its mandate, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union must act as an impartial mediator, being responsible for advancing the negotiations of the Council on Union legislation, for providing the continuity of the European agenda and for the good cooperation between the Member States and the European institutions. However, in its capacity of President of the Council of the European Union, Romania will have the possibility to imprint its national vision on the strategic debates concerning the future of the European project, to directly contribute to the process for its consolidation, and to promote on the European agenda certain files which our country deems important. Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union will take place in a complex European and international context, its political agenda being closely connected to developments in files of particular importance at Union level. Currently, the most visible of them, besides the ordinary legislative files, include the Brexit process and the multiannual financial framework. In order to ensure the sustained continuity of the Council’s activity, Member States holding the Presidency work together, in groups of three, called Trios. Romania will open the Presidency Trio which also includes Finland and Croatia. The coordination of procedures and processes over a 18-month period is important for the success of implementing the strategic objectives of the Council of the European Union, and, implicitly, of negotiations concerning legislative initiatives in an inter-institutional format. In this context, it is essential to ensure coordination, considering the effort to develop the Common Work Program for the Trio of Presidencies, with its priorities set by the European Council, with the political objectives set by the European Parliament and with the Work Program of the European Commission. Romania has set out on its journey to the European Union on February 1, 1993, when the Romania-EU Association Agreement was signed, the document coming into force two years later. Romania was submitting its official application for accession to the Union in June 1995. In December 1999, the European Council opened negotiations for accession with Romania, alongside six other states. Officially, negotiations began on February 15, 2000. Accession negotiations were technically concluded within the framework of the ministerial level Accession Conference of December 14, 2004, decision confirmed by the European Council of Brussels on 16-17 December of the same year. At the same time, the Council reasserted the accession calendar: April 2005 – signing the Treaty of Accession, January 1, 2007 – actual accession. Between 1998 and 2006, the European Commission has presented annual reports assessing Romania’s progress: evaluations on the state of preparations for accession, and, respectively, after signing the Treaty of Accession, comprehensive monitoring reports, describing the state of compliance of the commitments assumed by Romania in the accession negotiations. On April 25, 2005, Romania and Bulgaria, together with the representatives of the Union Member States signed, in Luxembourg, the Treaty of Accession to the European Union. Thus, on January 1, 2007, Romania became a full member of the European Union. Romania is represented within the institutions and bodies of the European Union – The Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Court of Auditors – by designated/elected members, ever since its accession.


The CEC Palace (Romanian: Palatul CEC) in Bucharest, Romania, built in 1900 and situated on Calea Victoriei, opposite the National Museum of Romanian History; fragment, photo by Claudiu Victor Gheorghiu, June 2016



By Intell News Romania on August  9, 2018

About Claudiu Victor Gheorghiu 129 Articles
My name is GHEORGHIU CLAUDIU VICTOR and I was born in October 1967 in Bucharest. In 1998 I took the master degree at University from Bucharest , the Faculty of History- universal old history section- with theme (Constantine the Great and Christianity) at professor LIGIA BARZU. In 1991 I graduated Art School , Painting section, with TITU DRAGUTESCU. I painted sacred pictures from 1990, in technique tempera or tempera with egg on wood. In the period 2004-2016, I had the honor to have the encouragements, the advices, the friendship of the Master PAUL GHERASIM(1925-2016), my mentor, the founder of the "Prolog" group. During the period 1992-1994 I was artistic advisor at Coleus contemporary art gallery . I am titular member of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration - AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Visual Artists’ Union from Romania from April 17, 2019, admitted by contest, as well as I was trainee member during the period 2016-2019, admitted by contest. I was member in Plastic Background(FP) belong Visual Artists’ Union from Romania(UAP) from 7th of December 2000, admitted by contest. From 25th of May 2015 I was elected Media advisor of the Steering Committee of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Visual Artists’ Union from Romania. From 2014 I am member Visarta( from March 31, 2017, I was elected in the Steering Committee of Visarta, during the period 2017-2022), the Romanian Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Society. I had 4 Personal Exhibitions with sacred art, organized by UAP from Romania- Visual Artists’ Union from Romania, in Bucharest (2001, 2003, 2004 at ArTei Gallery, 2007 at Galateea Gallery), also another two at Silva Gallery in Busteni(2007-2008), Sabion Gallery in Bucharest(2019, together with Cristina Georgescu). I had also 2 Personal Exhibitions in Italy : I was Honor Guest, representing Romania, with sacred art, June 2003 at Pisa and in October 2006 ”The icons, sacred pictures in contemporary world” at Viadana(Mantua). I won some prizes in Italy and I participated, admitted by contest, at some art fairs and international exhibitions around the world, representing Romania: most of them in Italy(Pompeii, Pisa, Turin, Milan, Reggio Emilia, Bari, Viadana, Mantua), but also in France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland; in secondary also I am cultural journalist: from May 2015 to January 2016 I was Contributing Editor at Culture (Fine Arts, Exhibitions, History, Religion) at the newspaper Jurnalul Bucureştiului. From 17th of January 2016 I was advanced Senior Editor at the same newspaper, which has been called since April 2020 the Jurnalul Bucureştiului ,,Le Petit Parisien”, with a different leadership and a different format. From 1st of November 2015 to 31st of December 2016 I was Contributing Editor and Thematic Advisor at News Agency Lacasuri Ortodoxe and Press service LO News. From 1st of January 2016 I am Senior Editor of the Intell News(Global news, press and event analysis) and coordinator of the Culture pages (in Romanian and English, named Intell News Romania). From May 3, 2019, I am also publisher commentator at the newspaper Ultima Oră.

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