President Klaus Iohannis was welcomed on Monday at the Quirinale Palace of Rome by his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella, within the state visit that Romania’s President is paying to the Italian Republic in the context of celebrating the Greater Union Centennial and the 10th anniversary since upgrading the bilateral relationship between Romania and Italy at the level of Enhanced Strategic Partnership. Presidents Iohannis and Mattarella carried out head-to-head talks, as well as official discussions that were followed by joint press statements. According to the Presidential Administration, the two presidents’ agenda of talks included the Enhanced Strategic Partnership between the two countries, as well as European, international and security co-operation. “Within the dialogue, a special attention will be granted to reconfirming the special character of the bilateral relation, deepening the Enhanced Strategic Partnership, strengthening the economic cooperation and the role of the Romanian community residing in Italy. An exchange of views regarding the topical themes of the EU agenda will also be carried out, including in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as on international topics,” the Presidential Administration mentions. Moreover, Iohannis and Mattarella toured the Scuderie del Quirinale Museum, where they inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to the commemoration in 2017 of 2000 years since the death of poet Ovid. Romania is participating with two heritage art works, one from Constanta and one from the Brukenthal Museum, with the exhibition unfolding under the High Patronage of Italy’s and Romania’s Presidents. According to the Presidential Administration, this is the first state visit of a head of state in the last 45 years to Italy. The agenda of Romania’s President’s visit to Rome also includes official meetings with head of Italy’s Council of Ministers Giuseppe Conte, Senate Chair Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico. President Sergio Mattarella: The meetings scheduled with the most important representatives of Italian institutions, demonstrate the level of the friendship between the two countries Italian President Sergio Mattarella stated on Monday that relations between Romania and Italy are “at an excellent level,” being based on very old historical and cultural ties, while Klaus Iohannis characterised the relationship as “a relationship that works extraordinarily well.” “It is a visit that, for us, is very important in what concerns the relations between Romania and Italy, which are at an excellent level, relations based on very old historical and cultural ties and on current social, human, economic ties. The historical ties have allowed us to develop a series of collaborations, political, economic and social collaborations at very high level, collaborations that are intensifying and that are growing in size and number. There are very deep social ties. An important Romanian community is present in Italy, it is the most important community in Italy, the largest. We are talking about approximately 1.2 million Romanians,” Italian President Sergio Mattarella stated during the joint press opportunity in which he took part alongside Klaus Iohannis. He added that thousands of Italians are also living in Romania, many Italian companies are active in Romania – more than 19,000 companies. “This economic collaboration is facilitated by these human connections that are developing between the Romanian people and the Italian people. We are talking about collaboration and closeness that is reflected at cultural level too. There are very many collaborations between Romanian and Italian universities, and the exchange of students between our countries is very important. This is an element which, in its turn, strengthens friendship between Romania and Italy and of course both countries are part of the European Union and in harmony in what regards the European Union’s development outlook,” the Italian Head of State added. He labelled his dialogue with Klaus Iohannis as being “very useful, very friendly.” “The dialogue I had with President Klaus Iohannis was very useful, very friendly, and I noted the great friendship between our countries, and this visit to Italy, and the stages of this visit, as well as all the meetings scheduled, I’m talking about the meetings scheduled with the most important representatives of Italian institutions, demonstrate the level of the friendship between the two countries,” the Italian Head of State emphasised. President Iohannis, after meeting Italian counterpart: I thanked President Mattarella for how Romanians are treated President Klaus Iohannis on Monday stated, after his meeting with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella, that he thanked him for the manner in which Romanians are treated and integrated in the Peninsula. “I underscored the community of values, the common history, the common rich culture and we have come very fast and with very positive feelings to discus about the two communities, the Italian community, already very numerous in Romania, and the Romanian community in Italy,” specified Iohannis, during his joint press conference with Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale Palace. According to the head of the state, there are approximately 1.2 million Romanians living in Italy, with this being the largest Romanian community abroad. “This community of Romanian is very integrated in Italy, very appreciated. I thanked for the way in which Romanians are treated and integrated in Italy,” said Klaus Iohannis. Presidents Iohannis, Mattarella discuss speeding up economic relationship He underlined that he talked to his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella about the economic relationship between Romania and Italy, mentioning that our country is an extremely attractive market, with an important potential. “We discussed some details regarding our economic relationship that is steadily growing,” Klaus Iohannis told a joint statement with Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. According to the Romanian president, a record level of almost 15 billion euro in bilateral exchanges has been reached, and experts estimate that this upward trend will maintain in the coming period. “I underscored that Romania is and will be a very attractive market, it is a country with an important potential and even if we have a very numerous business community in Romania, we are looking forward to new and new…
European Commissioner Corina Cretu said that her conscience is clear regarding the good things she has done, but she stressed that European authorities cannot replace the national and local ones. “It hurts me to see that certain failures of the Member States are attributed to Brussels, to the European Commission. It is absolutely unfair”, Corina Cretu wrote on Monday on Facebook. “Four years ago, I met for the first time with my colleagues from DG Regio, after being nominated by the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, as the European Commissioner for Regional Policy. My conscience is clear regarding the good things I’ve done: concluding the 2007-2014 programs in all the Member States, concluding the Partnership Agreements and the Operational Programs for the 2014-2020 period, and especially negotiating the European Budget for Regional Policy for the 2021-2027 period, when, for the first time in the European Union’s history, the largest amount, EUR 373 billion, will be allocated to the cohesion policy, and 80 percent of this amount will be invested in the less developed European regions”, Corina Cretu wrote on Facebook. She explained that she has launched the Group for Simplifying the Procedures for Accessing EU Funds, but that another group of experts is also working on strategies adapted to the needs of the citizens from the regions that are still behind. “We are working to adapt the carboniferous regions to the requirements of the 21st century. It hurts me to see that certain failures of the Member States are attributed to Brussels, to the European Commission. It is absolutely unfair. We cannot replace the national and local authorities”, the European commissioner also wrote. She added that she’d wish an accelerated implementation of certain “quality” projects. “My only goal is to see that the regions are developing, people’s lives are getting considerably better thanks to the European solidarity and the funds that I am managing”, Cretu also wrote. On October 8, European Commissioner Corina Cretu stated, being visibly irritated, that she no longer accepts “insults” from the Romanian Government regarding the work she performs, pointing out that “superhuman efforts” are done at the European Commission to avoid the disengagements of funds for Romania, but financing is not possible without projects.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu annouced on Friday that the Ministry has completed the analytical report on the potential relocation of Romania’s Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and referred the document the Premier; the Government will next send it to the Presidency and the Speakers of the two Chambers of Parliament, Melescanu said. “The assessment of the Embassy’s move to Jerusalem was sent to the Prime Minister and after the relevant observations are made – we’ll see if there are any – the Government will send it to the Presidency and to the heads of the two Chambers. How long it will take to make the decision does not depend on me, as far as we are concerned, we have finished our job, the Ministry has practically completed the analysis,” Melescanu said. He said there are no bottlenecks, that “this is a process in which everyone is involved,” but the issue is indeed very complicated. “As far as we are concerned, we have listed in our report both the elements of interest and the things that can have a negative effect, but the decision does not lie with us. The purpose of this analysis was to present to the political decision makers all the pros and cons for everybody to know and for Romania to have a current, coordinated position,” the Foreign Minister said. Foreign Minister about position of Romania’s ambassador in Israel: We are looking to maybe find another candidate Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu on Friday announced it is possible to make a new proposal for the office of ambassador of Romania in Israel, in the context in which President Klaus Iohannis did not offer any answer yet with respect to the person already proposed for the job. Asked what happened with the position of ambassador of Romania in Israel, Melescanu said he wished an ambassador would be appointed this week. “I very much desire to happen this week (to have the Romanian ambassador in Israel appointed – editor’s note), in the context in which the proposal was made as early as in March this year. Since a lot of time has passed, we will have to examine the possibility of maybe coming with a new proposal,” stated Melescanu at the Parliament Palace. He mentioned that he received no answer from Cotroceni (Presidential Palace) related to this topic and he did not speak with the head of the state or any other representative of the Presidential Administration about this. “This is, after all, the presidential institution’s decision, but what I think is that, considering that it has been a long time and considering the importance of the relations between Romania and Israel, we could examine including the possibility of proposing a different candidate,” said the minister. Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu on March 22 had announced that Prime Minister Viorica Dancila approved a proposal for the position of ambassador of Romania in Israel, but he wasn’t going to make it public until the President of the country gave his approval or made a decision related to this.
Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu met on Friday with Country Manager for Romania and Hungary in the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank (WB) Tatiana Proskuryakova, a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs. The head of the Romanian diplomacy presented the priorities of the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first half of 2019 and emphasised the areas and events organised by the Romanian side, that can be of interest from the perspective of the World Bank’s activity. According to the quoted source, Melescanu highlighted the main trends that will mark the period of the Romanian Presidency, pointing out that it will be carried out during a complex context, in which many important decisions regarding Europe’s future are to be made. Furthermore, he underscored that Romania wants to actively contribute to a greater closeness of the EU towards the citizens and highlighted Romania’s priorities in terms of the European external action, with a focus, among other things, on the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership, the Black Sea co-operation. WB Country Manager Tatiana Proskuryakova commended the good collaboration with Romanian institutions, pointing out, at the same time, that the institutions she is leading will continue to act in favour of Romania’s economic development, the quoted release mentions. Tatiana Proskuryakova voiced her interest in supporting the priorities and projects of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in areas relevant to the WB, including though the use of networks, programmes and expertise of the institution in regions of interest for Romania, especially in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Neighborhood. Moreover, she also reviewed a series of analyses and strategies drafted by the World Bank and presented their results and conclusions in areas such a human capital, in connection to the global economic development. She highlighted the necessity of correlating the policies of economic areas with social ones, especially in respect to healthcare and ensuring an education adequate to the current trends on the labour market, in view of a long-term sustainable development. The World Bank Group is made up of five international financial institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Development Association (IDA), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The activity of the World Bank Group started in 1991 and includes both public programs and projects funded by the IBRD through loans granted directly to the state, through the Public Finance Ministry, as well as private projects without state guarantee, through the support of the IFC and the MIGA.
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President Klaus Iohannis will participate over October 17-19 in the reunion of the European Council, as well as in the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit, according to a release of the Presidential Administration issued on Friday. Moreover, on the sidelines of the reunion of the European Council, President Iohannis will participate in the inclusive Euro Summit. “The topics on the European Council meeting’s agenda are related to Brexit, the migration phenomenon management, internal security and the foreign affairs of the Union,” says the release. Iohannis will reiterate Romania’s support in reaching an understanding with respect to the Brexit Agreement, as soon as possible, and he will underscore our country’s support for a disciplined and predictable process regarding the Brexit, which will later represent the foundation of the future relations, which should be as close as possible, between EU and UK. Moreover, the head of state will underscore our country’s desire to conclude an agreement to be as comprehensive as possible regarding the future relations and the identification of new collaboration modalities between the EU and UK in such priority areas as security, defence and foreign affairs, fields in which the British contribution is substantial. Regarding the migration, President Iohannis will support the need for a strengthened dialogue with the migrants’ countries of origin and transit, with emphasizes to be put on development, education and building of capabilities, specifies the Presidential Administration release. “The Romanian President will also voice our country’s support for the consolidation of the European Agency for Border Police and Coast Guard, while mentioning that Romania brought a constant substantial contribution to this agency’s activity,” says the release. In terms of domestic security, Iohannis will underscore the importance of implementing such legislative and non-legislative instruments aiming at a better cooperation and coordination at EU level. Moreover, the President will highlight the fact that preventing and countering radicalization and terrorism must remain among the priority concerns of the member states and he will reaffirm our country’s support for such approaches and efforts made at European level to strengthen Union’s resilience against hybrid threats. On October 18, President Iohannis will participate in the inclusive Euro Summit. On this occasion, the Romanian official will mention that our country supports the objective of consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union, while carefully assessing the impact of all initiatives in this area, considering Romania’s objective to adhere as soon possible. Moreover, on October 18 and 19, Klaus Iohannis will participate in the works of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit. The Summit, themed “Global Partners for Global Challenges” will bring together 53 partners of ASEM, while targeting an increased commitment of partner states in Europe and Asia in approaching the complex problems in a global context facing continuous change. The main topic for the debates will be connectivity at all levels – political, economic, cultural, digital, institutional and human – in order to transmit a consolidated message of recognition of the increasing interdependencies between the two continents, reads the same release.
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