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Romania to take over EU Presidency in 2019

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Britain’s Prince Charles, left, walks with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The next country to take over the rotating EU Presidency in 2019 is Romania. For the member state this will be the first time since it joined the bloc in 2007 as it replaces Austria at the helm of the Council of the EU.

French news agency AFP and Politico report that Romania will hold the presidency from January to June 2019 and its four main priorities will be under the motto of cohesion, understood as unity, equal treatment and convergence, a Union that leaves no member country and no citizen behind.

Romania, a country with a population of 20 million, begun its current democratic path in 1989 and since then around four million Romanians have left the country.

While the exodus has emptied villages and created shortages in skilled labour, it has also generated large transfers of money to the emigrants’ families left behind – 3.9 billion euros or two percent of gross domestic product in 2017.

Romania an ethnicly diverse country has a rich cultural and architectural hearitage. The region of Transylvania, home to Count Dracula or Vlad the Impaler, has been promoted by British Prince Charles, who has bought two traditional houses and set up a heritage foundation there. Prince Charles has described himself as descendant of Count Dracula.


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