|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
|10 November & 24 November 2019
Late 2020 / early 2021
|Presidency of the Council||After 2030|
|Last meeting with Boris Johnson||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.
Romania is currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the final stages of the Brexit negotiations.
|What Ms Dăncilă said on Brexit||“We will turn this history tab of the Union, but we also need to learn from this situation.”|
|Romania’s priorities||On 27 August 2019, the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) announced it was quitting the ruling coalition. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has 45 days to propose a new government and seek a confidence vote in Parliament.
Viorica Dăncilă became Prime Minister in 2018 following tensions between previous leader Mihai Tudose and PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who cannot become Prime Minister over allegations he had rigged a referendum. Viorica Dăncilă is a close ally of Dragnea.
The government has promised higher wages and pensions in a battered economy.
Additionally, Romania has been accused of corruption from internal and external parties. Protests erupted after anti-corruption rules were scrapped and sentences of some non-violent crimes were reduced in January 2017. Tensions with the EU have also increased recently over Romania’s judicial reforms.
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