Bucharest has taken over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council for the first time since it became a member of the EU in 2007. And the President of the European Council expressed his faith in Romania, despite being one of the EU state members that worries the most the bloc with its internal quarrels and new legislation regarding corruption. Mr Tusk wrote on Twitter: “Happy New Year! I wish Romania all the best with your first EU presidency.
Thoughtful acting also requires a willingness to listen to others and the firm will to put one's own concerns at the end of the queue
“I am confident you will deliver and look forward to working with you. #RO2019EU”
This comes just days after Mr Juncker, the President of the European Council, said he didn’t believe Bucharest had “fully understood” what its new role entails.
Speaking to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, he said: "I believe that the government in Bucharest has not yet fully understood what it means to preside over EU countries.
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Donald Tusk took a swipe at Jean-Claude Juncker (Image: GETTY)
"Thoughtful acting also requires a willingness to listen to others and the firm will to put one's own concerns at the end of the queue.
“With that in mind, I have some doubts.”
What worries Mr Juncker is not the ability of Bucharest of