Prime Minister visits Romania
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has had talks in Romania with President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. Following his visit he made the following comments:
‘In the first half of 2019, Romania will hold the EU Presidency. During the Romanian Presidency, several major, complex issues will be competing for priority on the EU agenda: migration, Brexit and the negotiations on the new multiannual budget. There will also be elections for the European Parliament. So I was glad to have the opportunity today to talk with President Iohannis and Prime Minister Dăncilă.
‘This will be Romania’s first time holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. I promised that the Netherlands will make a constructive contribution wherever possible. One priority of the Romanian Presidency will be common European values. The Netherlands is pleased about this, because the rule of law is part of the foundation of the European partnership. The effectiveness and functioning of our Union and its single market depend on our success in projecting and upholding our common values.
‘We also discussed our bilateral ties. Last year, trade between Romania and the Netherlands grew by almost 15%, and there are excellent prospects for further growth. For example, there are many opportunities for innovative, sustainable farming and in promoting a circular economy. Our countries are also working closely together in other fields, such as security and defence, since we are after all NATO allies.’