The Dutch Perspective of the EU Council Presidency

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The Department of International Relations and European Integration (DRIIE), from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) organized on Thursday, May 26th 2016, an Open lecture with Her Excellency Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubacic, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania.

The event belonged to a series of reunions with ambassadors of the European Union Member States in Romania, having the overarching theme The Rotating EU Council Presidency. The subject is of utmost importance for Romania, that will hold the Council Presidency in the second half of 2019 for the first time since its accession to the EU; DRIIE started the promotion of this subject during the fall of 2015 through the Jean Monnet Module EU*Ro Media. European Standards, Romanian Application: The Media Roadmap for Romania’s EU Council Presidency.

The EU*Ro Media Module was a partner of DRIIE regarding the organization of the series of reunions taking place over the next three years which is in itself an important step in the implementation of the project’s aim to bring the subject into the public opinion’s attention with the help of Romanian journalists trained in investigating and reporting European Affairs.

The public profile of these events facilitated the participation of a diversified audience – students, representatives of the academic environment, mass-media and civil society – and fosters, on one hand, the debate on the opportunities and challenges of preparing and exercising the EU Council Presidency from a national and European perspective, through the lens of previous Member States’ experience, and, on the other hand, the spread of concerning discussions outside universities.

The third event from the series was dedicated to the Netherlands, a state with which Romania has been maintaining friendly bilateral relations for more than a century and has been intensifying political and economic exchanges predominantly in the last decade. On Thursday, May 26th 2016, Her Excellency Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubacic not only shared particular details regarding the Dutch EU Council Presidency in 2016, but also overall information about the Netherlands’ experience with organizing no less than ten mandates in six decades and across different  political, institutional and legal contexts.

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