President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland, Mr. Juha Sipilä, and with Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Andrej Plenković

14 December 2018 |

President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, on Friday, 14 December, had a meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland, Mr. Juha Sipilä, and with Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Andrej Plenković, as the three states are going to ensure the Trio Presidency of the European Union Council between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020.

The President of Romania took opportunity to voice his appreciation on the consistent dialogue and excellent cooperation with Finland and Croatia in the elaboration of the common working Programme of the European Union Council during the rotating presidencies the three states are going to hold successively, starting from 1 January 2019. The Programme draws up the major guidelines of the EU Council during the following 18 months, to ensure coherence and the continuity of the European agenda in the medium and long term.  

The President of Romania highlighted that this Trio will play a relevant role in ensuring the advancing of the files on the European agenda, as well as legislative and institutional transition at European Union level. The debates also focused on the current topics of the European agenda, such as Brexit, negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework post-2020 and migration.

President Klaus Iohannis reminded that the current debates across the European Union on the future of the EU assign the Trio Romania-Finland-Croatia an important role in drawing up the next Strategic Agenda of the European Union and in setting up the guidelines for the European policies so that they respond to the European citizens’ expectations as comprehensively as possible.   

Moreover, the President of Romania stated that our country, as it takes over the Presidency of the EU Council from 1 January 2019, will make every effort to contribute to advancing the European agenda during the Trio Presidency.

The talks spotlighted the commitment of the three countries to work together in order to meet the common objectives of the common working Programme.

At President Klaus Iohannis’ suggestion, the three high officials agreed that during the successive mandates of the Trio Presidency – Romania, Finland, Croatia – coordinating meetings will be organised in this format in the margins of the European Council meetings.