On 01.01.2019 Romania took over the EU Presidency for 6 months, 12 years after joining the European Union.
High-ranking Romanian and foreign politicians participated in the official opening ceremony: Among the participants were Romanian President Klaus Johannis, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the Commission, Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.
In his speech, Romanian President Klaus Johannis emphasized the importance of the takeover for his country and talked about the challenges facing the EU in the first half of 2019 including the definition of the future dynamics of the European Union. “We need to show that through unity and consensus we can achieve a new page in our joint project, and we need more cohesion in all our actions at EU level, whether it be a Europe of convergence, more security in Europe, an increase of Europe’s role as a global player and our shared values.
“The President of the European Council – Donald Tusk – gave a speech on the achievements of Romania and spoke about Romanian personalities who had a decisive influence on him, such as: Mircea Eliade, Nichita Stanescu, Emil Cioran, Tristan Tzara, Ionesco, Nadia Comaneci, Simona Haleb and Helmuth Duckadam. He demanded to stand up for European values: freedom, integrity, respect, the rule of law and faith in the Constitution.