DAE Coordination Committee convenes in session

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The Coordination Committee of Romania’s Department for European Affairs (DAE) convened in session on Monday at the DAE headquarters to discuss Romania’s participation in the February 16 meeting of the ECOFIN European Economic and Finance Council and the outcome of the February 11 informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels.

DAE says in a press release that other themes discussed at the meeting regarded the need to intensify the public information campaign regarding the 112 emergency call number, the recommendation of the European Commission to companies that manage social networks, and improving European child safety policies.
An information on the measures taken by Romania to narrow its Government deficit was also presented, in the context of the requirement from the European Council and the European Commission that the Government deficit should be cut to below 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2011, at the latest.

On February 11, an informal meeting of the European Council took place in Brussels, the first such meeting of European state leaders convened and prepared by President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy. Representing Romania in the meeting was President Traian Basescu.
The main theme discussed in Brussels was the objectives and governance under the EU 2020 new European Strategy for growth and employment. Also discussed were the latest developments in the humanitarian situation in Haiti.

In relation to the EU 2020 Strategy, the attending European leaders are said to have endorsed the suggestions in the internal work documents drawn up by President of the European Commission Barroso and President van Rompuy, namely the thematic priorities included therein – building growth on knowledge, securing social inclusion, developing skills and sustainable economies – defining a limited number of targets (5) and introducing national targets that are coordinated with the European ones; correlating EU 2020 with the Stability and Growth Pact;

coordinating the implementation of the strategy at the level of the European Council, as well as consolidating the mechanisms for the monitoring of the implementation of the strategy (setting up benchmarks and assessment tables, assessment missions to include members on the European Commission and experts from the EU member states).

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