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Romania's six-month term began on January 1st under the motto: "Cohesion, a common European value." 

Key moments in Romania's term holding the EU Presidency will be Britain's scheduled departure from the bloc on March 29th and EU parliamentary elections scheduled for May.

Earlier, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on December 21st, 2018, met with Romanian President Klaus lohannis and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in Bucharest to hand over the EU Council Presidency to Romania.

The country is part of a trio Presidency, along with Finland (July - December 2019) and Croatia (January-June 2020), which will work together over an 18-month period, on the basis of a common program.

The country will take over the EU Presidency until June 30th, 2019./.

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