|Klaus Iohannis (Independent, since November 2014)
Viorica Dancila (Social Democratic Party, since January 2018)
|Size||232,391 km2 (92,043 sq miles)|
|MEPs||32 (Joined the EU in 2007)|
|Next presidential election
Next legislative election
Late 2020 / early 2021
|Presidency of the Council||January – June 2019|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||None held to date|
|Brexit priorities||A key priority for the Romanian government is to secure the rights of the 400.000 Romanians living in the UK. The government wants to ensure there will be no discrimination between EU citizens and EU citizens and UK citizens during the Brexit talks.
Romania wants to make sure citizens’ rights and the financial bill are discussed first before any future relationship is negotiated.
As the country will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU in spring 2019, it will probably have to deal with the vote on the final post-Brexit deal.
|What Mr Iohannis said on Brexit||Former Prime Minister Ciolos on 24 June 2016
“I have taken note, of course, with regret of the result of the UK referendum, but it is an option of the British people that we respect.” He added that Romania will be an active player in UK’s exit negotiations.
President Iohannis on 15 Dec 2016
“For us there are discussions that must be carefully carried. We don’t to be in the situation that our citizens should be disadvantaged.”
|Romania’s priorities||On 15 January 2018, the second Prime Minister resigned in a year after losing support from the Socialist Party. Mihai Tudose’s resignation was due to growing tensions with PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who cannot become Prime Minister over allegations he had rigged a referendum. The new Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is a close ally of Dragnea.
The Government came into power in a landslide victory, promising higher wages and pensions in a battered economy.
Additionally, corruption is a huge issue in Romania. Protests erupted after anti-corruption rules were scrapped and sentences of some non-violent crimes were reduced in January 2017.
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