Prime Minister Viorica Dancila laid out the program of Romania’s Presidency of the European Union Council in Parliament
The Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has presented to Parliament the program of Romania’s Presidency of the European Union Council. Multiple challenges lay ahead and during the six months period Europe will watch Romania „closely”, the head of the government has said. The taking over of the Presidency of the European Union Council is an historic moment that Romania should honor properly and it should not be politicized in any way, Prime Minister Dancila has argued, emphasizing that Romania is a country worthy of leading Europe. Taking into account this stake, there is no room for vanity and personal interests, the Prime Minister believes, and she has called for consensus for this national project. As far as priorities are concerned, they are organized into four pillars: the convergence issue – with themes such as rights, obligations and opportunities for all European citizens – the European Union’s internal security – managing the external borders, preventing cyber attacks – and the free movement inside the EU, as well as the common values, with a focus on solidarity. Viorica Dancila has told lawmakers that Romania will act as a mediator and it intends to get consensus on important issues, although Europe is divided in certain regards and it would not be easy.
The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis presented condolences to his French counterpart, after the Strasbourg attack
The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has addressed a message of sympathy to the French President Emmanuel Macron, after Tuesday’s gun attack in Strasbourg. Klaus Iohannis has presented condolences on his behalf and on the behalf of the Romanian people to the families of the victims, wishing a quick return to good health for the people injured in the attack. President Iohannis has underlined that Romania stays with France in the fight against those who attack innocent lives and our societies’ way of living. The French police is on a manhunt for the 29 year old man who is suspected for killing two people and injuring another 13 at Strasbourg Christmas Market.
A Romanian under-officer from the Protection and Guard Service (SPP) has been found shot in Libya
A Romanian under-officer from the Protection and Guard Service (SPP) has been found shot this morning in his room at the United Nations compound in Libya, a statement from the Protection and Guard Service says. The under-officer was 38 years old and was taking part in an international protection mission in Libya, run by the UN. This was his third international mission, after those already served in Sudan and Afghanistan. An investigation is under way in order to establish how the death of the SPP member occurred.