Parliament adopts declaration on PM representing Romania to European Council meeting on June 28

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The Parliament plenary sitting adopted a declaration that recommends Romania’s representation by Prime Minister Victor Ponta to the European Council meeting on June 28, with 249 votes in favour, 30 against and one abstention.

Valeriu Zgonea, the leader of the Social Democratic deputies, read the text of the statement in the plenum.

‘Romania’s Parliament must be briefed beforehand about the agenda of the European Council and must establish a mandate in principle on the approaches Romania’s representative shall support and promote. Romania’s Parliament must be informed after each European Council meeting of the adopted decisions. Given the fact that the responsibilities of the President and of the Government in the field of European affairs are different as regards the matters related to military policy and military security, as well as the EU common foreign policy, it is constitutionally and functionally that Romania’s President be entrusted a mandate to represent Romania.

In all matters that have to do with economic, social, budgetary activity, European funding, Schengen entry, as well as other executive fields, the Prime Minister of Romania’s Government should represent Romania, according to the Constitution.

Given the fact that the agenda of the European Council meeting due on June 28 includes topics such as EU’s economic situation, the adoption of economic and social measures, as well as the negotiations on the future EU 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, the Romanian Parliament considers that the Prime Minister must represent Romania’s stances in the works of the European Council meeting on June 28, 2012,’ reads the text of the statement Romania’s Parliament adopted.

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