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de Vladimir Ionescu | 24.11.2016 .
The Chancellery of the Prime Minister announced on Monday the launch of a series of public debates on Romania’s priority themes and policies in preparing the presidency of the EU Council, to be taken over in 2019.
According to a press release of the institution, the conclusions of the debates will substantially contribute to defining the priorities that Romania will propose for its mandate as President of the EU Council in the first half of 2019. These proposals will be further discussed with Finland and Croatia in order to define the priorities of the joint programme of this trio.
According to the timetable published by the Chancellery, the first event was held Wednesday, November 23, 2016 with the focus on the digital sector. The series of debates will end in July 2017 with a review of the EU trade policies.
Besides the thematic debates, there are a series of specific information events aimed at explaining the opportunities and challenges that the Presidency of the EU Council raises for different target groups: pre-university and university education, business environment, employer organizations, trade unions, civil society .
Governmental institutions and civil society organizations, academia, businesses community as well as any other interested entities are invited to also organize additional debates on their respective fields to contribute to the discussion and identification of the national priorities that Romania can promote at the European level.
The series of debates dedicated to the preparation process of Romania’s upcoming Presidency of the EU Council started on October 24 with an event attended by Prime Minister Romanian Dacian Ciolos and other officials with relevant activity at the European level.