Romania started its way to the European Union on February 1st, 1993,when the EU-Romania Association Agreement was signed.On April 25th, 2005, in Luxembourg, the Treaty of Accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union was signed by the two states and by the representatives of the Member States of the European Union.Following signature, the Treaty was submitted to ratification in all Member States, and Romania became a member of the European Union on January 1st, 2007.

From January 1stto June 30th, 2019, Romania will assume, for the first time, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This commission is taken over by rotation among the Member States of the European Union, every six months.

During the exercise of the Presidency, Romania will represent the Council of the European Union in dialogue with the other European institutions, in particular the European Commission and the European Parliament, also working in close coordination with the President of the European Council in the decision-making process.

The stamp illustrates the logo of the Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, resulting from a creative contest won by Ioan Dobrinescu, a 9thgrade student from “Ion Luca Caragiale” National High School in Bucharest.

Issue Date: 04.01.2019, Designer: Mihail Vamasescu, Process: Offset , Colours: 5 Colours, Stamp size: 63 x 27 mm, Minisheet size: 160 x 159 mm, Values: 5 Lei

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