Publicat pe 29/06/2018

Bucharest, June 29th, 2018: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR) was, on June, 29th, the host of the interactive session during the information and study visit of an official delegation of the European Commission, in the context of preparations for taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (PRES CONS UE) by Romania.

The position of the CCIR on the priorities of the business environment in the context of PRES CONS EU was presented by Mr. Lazăr Comănescu, Senior Policy Adviser, Foreign Affairs: “I believe that Romania is ready to take over the presidency of the EU Council on January, 1st, 2019. It is important to note that during the period when a Member State holds PRES CONS EU, the latter must show maturity and impartiality, assuming its role as an “honest broker”. The promotion of specific national interests must be accommodated in such a context. At the same time, the Presidency of the EU Council is the PR momentum of the state it holds, which is why we need to capitalize on this opportunity and, besides having to manage the priority dossiers already on the European agenda, we will have to contribute to strengthening our position EU Global Actor “.

Mr. Lazar Comanescu stressed the determination with which CCIR promotes the interests of the business environment: “we are vocal, we constantly draw the attention of the authorities to the issues that they need to focus on in support of the business community and implicitly in supporting Romania’s economy.” At the same time, Comanescu mentioned the efforts that CCIR is making to promote three priorities in the European area, such as: infrastructure, energy and digital, underlining that these themes will be the subject of the Third World Business Initiative Forum (ITM), which will be organized in this autumn, on ITM Summit agenda.

The event also brought together topics such as: strengthening the euro area, the economic importance of transforming the Danube into a navigable canal and the effects of Brexit on the European community.


On January 1st, 2019 Romania will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Council is the only European institution whose Presidency is rotating every six months, with the other institutions having stable Presidencies, with multi-annual mandates.

The presidency of Romania at the EU Council will take place in a complex European context, with its mandate taking into account the far-reaching processes that will shape the European Union in the future. During the Romanian Presidency will be the end of the reflection on the future of the European Union, it will record the outflow of Great Britain from the European Union, the process of transition to a new legislative cycle will begin as a result of the European elections that will be organized in May 2019. At the same time, the period will be marked by the negotiation of Union strategic reference dossiers, one of the most important being the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2017.