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Natalia Cuglesan
Goran Ilik


The post-accession evolution of the new Member States to the European Union benefits from limited attention in the EU studies literature. More scholarly works are needed to map the performance of Romania and Bulgaria. Therefore, this paper investigates Romania's performance during the six-month Council Presidency to the European Union in the first half of 2019. Building on the framework of analysis of Karolewski et al., the paper makes an empirical contribution. It seeks to analyze if Romania lived up to the challenges of the office and managed to consolidate its reputation and show its political maturity during this crucial political moment, which countries only get to play every twelve years. The paper argues that the Romanian government aimed to project the image of an active, dynamic, and efficient actor, consensus orientated but without significant policy ambitions. It was a test it wanted to pass to confirm that Romania no longer represents an exceptional case in terms of its laggardness.     


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Cuglesan, Natalia, and Goran Ilik. 2022. “THE ROMANIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. GREAT EXPECTATIONS?”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 8 (3):459-74. .
Author Biographies

Natalia Cuglesan, Babes-Bolyai University - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Natalia Cuglesan is a lecturer at the Department of International Studies and Contemporary History. Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babes-Bolyai University. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations and European Studies from Babes-Bolyai University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in European Studies (European Union Policies, Multi-level governance in the EU, etc.) Her research interests are linked to European governance and EU Policies. Dr. Cuglesan is the recipient of several grants from the European Commission: Jean Monnet Module Multi-level governance in the EU and Digital teaching and learning in the field of EU Integration Studies in the new member states (D-skills)

Goran Ilik, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” - Bitola, North Macedonia

Dr. Goran Ilik is a full professor and Vice-Rector for Science at the University “St. Kliment Ohridski” - Bitola (North Macedonia). From 2012 to 2016, he served as a Senator in the Senate of the University "St. Kliment Ohridski" - Bitola, and from 2013 to 2017, he held the position of Vice-Dean for Science and International Cooperation at the Faculty of Law - Kicevo. In 2017, Prof. Dr. sc Goran Ilik was elected Dean of the Faculty of Law - Kicevo for the first time, while on January 15, 2021, he was re-elected as Dean of the Faculty of Law - Kicevo for the second time. The academic background includes BA in Law, MA in Political Science, and PhD in Political Science. The publication list contains papers, chapters, and monographs emphasizing the role of the European Union in international relations, the institutional architecture of its foreign policy, the EU's constitutional law and constitutionalism, the EU's axiological performances, and its political power. Also, many papers treat the EU's role in the new international context concerning the contemporary challenges of the liberal world order and the EU’s role and place in it. He is the author of the books: “Europe at the crossroads: The Treaty of Lisbon as a basis of European Union international identity”, “EUtopia: the international political power of the EU in the process of ideeologization of the post-American world”, and “International relations and the European Union: Values before Power”. Prof. Dr. sc. Goran Ilik is a lecturer/trainer at the State Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors “Pavel Shatev” – Skopje (North Macedonia).