Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, January to June 2019

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Romania took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, from January until June 2019, the first occasion since its EU accession. The motto of the Romanian Presidency is 'Cohesion, a Common European Value'.

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Media sources reported on statements by the President of the European Commission showing concerns over Romania's ability to successfully undertake the Council presidency, sparking reactions from stakeholders in both Romania and the European Union.

The opening ceremony of this rotating Presidency was held on 10 January. A debate was held at the European Parliament on 15 January with Romania's Prime Minister to discuss the rotating Presidency. The priorities of the Presidency were discussed with a number of committees of the European Parliament at a series of meetings from 21 January.

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Deutsche Welle, 01/01/2019: Romania's farcical incompetence unlikely to impact EU
Euro|topics, January 2019: Is Romania fit for the EU Council presidency?
The Conversation, 03/01/2019: Why Romania is clashing with Brussels at the worst possible time
ECFR: Commentary, 04/01/2019: Romania’s presidency of the EU: Good policy, bad politics
Aspen Institute: White Paper – Romanian Priorities and the Presidency of the Council of the EU
EurActiv, 10/01/2019: Movers and shakers of Romania’s EU presidency
EurActiv: Special Reports, July 2019: Romania’s EU presidency: A glance back

Politico, 29/12/2018: Juncker has ‘doubts’ about Romania’s ability to lead EU
Romania Insider, 29/12/2018: EC President says Romania lacks leadership skills for EU Presidency
Deutsche Welle, 29/12/2018: Romania not fit for EU presidency, says EU's Jean-Claude Juncker
The Guardian, 30/12/2018: Romania to take over EU presidency amid fears for rule of law
The New York Times, 30/12/2018: Romania, Fighting the E.U., Prepares to Lead It
Politico, 01/01/2019: Tusk backs Romania’s EU presidency after Juncker’s ‘doubts’
Euronews, 01/01/2019: Romania to take EU presidency role
France24, 01/01/2019: Romania takes over EU presidency amid strained relations with Brussels
Reuters, 10/01/2019: Romania says political infighting won't hamper its EU presidency
EurActiv, 10/01/2019: Romania glosses over presidency preparedness concerns
Deutsche Welle, 11/01/2019: Romania's EU presidency overshadowed by corruption cases
Romania Insider, 15/01/2019: Romanian PM, under fire in European Parliament on possible amnesty bill
EurActiv, 23/01/2019: Romanian EU Presidency to push Western Balkans case, minister says
Agriland, 23/01/2019: Farming to the fore during Romanian EU presidency

European Commission: Discours par le Président Juncker à la cérémonie d'ouverture de la présidence roumaine du Conseil de l'Union européenne [in French]
European Council: Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the opening ceremony of the Romanian Presidency
European Parliament: Press Release, 15/01/2019: Romanian Presidency of the Council: debate with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă
European Parliament: Press Release, 22/01/2019: Romanian Presidency priorities discussed in committees
European Parliament: Press Release, 16/07/2019: Romanian Presidency reviewed in plenary

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