From 1 January to 30 June 2019, Romania holds the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union. Romania is in close coordination with the Trio EU Presidencies of Finland (July-December 2019) and Croatia (January-June 2020). This is the first mandate for Romania. It will have the possibility to imprint its national vision on the strategic debates concerning the future of the European project, to directly contribute to the process for its consolidation, and to promote parts of the European agenda which the country finds important.
Three years passed since the Urban Agenda for the EU began its implementation process. Moreover, the revision of the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities and the Territorial Agenda 2020 of the European Union has started. The Romanian EU Presidency published the Bucharest Declaration reflecting on the opportunities and the challenges, as well as on the overall state of urban and regional development policies. As such, the Bucharest Declaration is to serve as a bridge between the Pact of Amsterdam (adopted 2016 during the Dutch EU Presidency), the Territorial Agenda of the European Union and the Leipzig Charter (to be revised during the German EU Presidency in 2020).
The final version of the Bucharest Declaration "Towards a common framework for urban development in the European Union" is endorsed at the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers Responsible for Urban Matters, hosted by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU on 13-14 June 2019 in Bucharest and is available for download via the link below.