This morning the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Romania, Mr. José Antonio Hernández Pérez-Solórzano, has presented the priorities for the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second semester of the year 2023, together with the Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Luminița Odobescu, and the Representative from the European Commission, Ms. Ramona Chiriac.
The presentation outlined the main four axis that will guide the Spanish Presidency: European reindustrialisation and Open Strategic Autonomy, advance in green transition and environmental adaptation, promoting greater social and economic justice, and strengthening European unity.
It is the fifth time Spain takes over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU since its accession in 1986. This Presidency will take place in a particularly complex context for the European Union, due to the ongoing illegal aggression against Ukraine and the economic backlash after the COVID19 pandemic, among other factors. Spain and Romania are very close partners within the European Union. Both countries share viewpoints and interests in the key subjects and the contact between both governments and institutions is excellent. Romania can count on Spain's support for the pursuit of important goals for Romanians such as the accession to the Schengen Area.
Finally, as the Ambassador has pointed out, and in line with the chosen motto for this semester: “Europe, closer", the Spanish Presidency will work for a more united and inclusive Europe. A Europe that puts its citizens at the centre of the decision-making process.
Building upon the deeply pro-European tradition of Spain and its population, the country starts this semester with enthusiasm and determination, in order to contribute to the advancement of European policies and agenda.