Europe in the World

The foreign policy priorities of the Romanian EU Council Presidency

22 January 2019

On 1 January 2019, Romania took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The next six months will be an opportunity for the country to showcase its foreign policy views while advancing EU foreign policy priorities. At this Briefing, Teodor Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, set out his views on the foreign policy priorities of the European Union and Romania.

Romania wants to see a more effective and efficient EU external action and, as part of that endeavour, is interested to promote the strengthening of EU defence and security capabilities in a way that is fully consistent with NATO. Located between the Western Balkans and the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood, Romania supports the EU’s enlargement process and an active EU neighbourhood policy. This year, the EU and its partners will celebrate ten years since the launch of the Eastern Partnership. Romania aims to move the Black Sea region higher up the EU agenda, including through the reinvigoration of the Black Sea Synergy. Bucharest is also interested in the consolidation of multilateral institutions and the modernisation of the multilateral trade system.

What are Romania’s foreign policy priorities and the dossiers it will try to advance over the next months? How can EU-NATO cooperation be improved and synergies achieved between the initiatives promoted by the two organisations? How can Romania make the case for EU enlargement at a time of growing scepticism towards the process? What should be the priorities for the EU’s engagement with its Eastern neighbours and how can the EU promote multilateralism in a challenging global environment?

In this programme


Programme Team

Head of Europe in the World programme and Senior Fellow

Giovanni Grevi

Senior Policy Analysts

Paul Ivan
Amanda Paul

Policy Analyst

Marco Giuli

Junior Policy Analyst

Ivano di Carlo