Romania insists it’s up to the EU presidency

January 7, 2019

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s government insists it is capable of handling the rotating presidency of the European Union, dismissing remarks made by the head of the bloc’s executive branch.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently questioned whether Romania was ready for the political give-and-take of holding the presidency which began this month, adding it was “technically well-prepared” for the role.

But European Affairs Minister George Ciamba said Monday “Romania is well-prepared. Period,” adding: “There are political disputes in all member states.”

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