Minister-delegate Negrescu meets counterpart in Slovenia; shared interest topics on the agenda

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Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu paid a working visit to Slovenia on Friday, occasion on which he met his counterpart within the General Affairs Council, namely State Secretary Iztok Mirosic. The two officials talked about a series of shared interest topics in relation to the current European agenda, such as the status of the Union, Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework post-2020.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), the discussions were tackled including from the prospect of Romania's role during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first semester of 2019.

The Minister-delegate reiterated Romania's commitment regarding the strengthening of the Union, from the prospect of endorsing policies which contribute to the citizens' welfare and guarantee a single functional market based on the four freedoms of movement, a release sent to AGERPRES on Saturday informs.

Moreover, Romania's interest to actively participate in the efforts to refresh the European project was also reiterated, based on consensual objectives and principles shared by all member states and European institutions.

In respect to Brexit, it was reiterated the firm support for the principles agreed on EU 27 level, especially in respect to the integrity of the Single Market and the indivisibility of the four fundamental freedoms, as well as for carrying out the negotiations in steps, the MAE said.

The talks also focused on Slovenia's experience in taking on the the presidency of the Council of the European Union and the opportunities to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of experience on this dimension. In this context Victor Negrescu presented the stage of preparations on a domestic level for taking over the presidency and the next steps had in mind for this process.

"The prospect of Romania exercising the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a good occasion to strengthen dialogue with Slovenia and with other partners on shared interest topics that feature on the European agenda, but also an opportunity to consolidate the unity of member states, exercising the role of mediator and using an approach based on consensus and dialogue," Victor Negrescu underscored. AGERPRES (RO — editor: Georgiana Tanasescu; EN — editor: Rodica State)

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