March 12, 2018

PM Dancila meets Greek, Bulgarian foreign ministers to discuss bilateral, regional cooperation
Mar 12, 2018

PM Dancila meets Greek, Bulgarian foreign ministers to discuss bilateral, regional cooperation.
Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday welcomed Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva and Greece's Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, in the presence of the head of the Romanian diplomacy Teodor Melescanu. According to a press statement released by the Romanian Government, the meeting was held on the occasion of the tenth convention of the Romania-Bulgaria-Greece three-way cooperation organisation that took place on the same day in Bucharest. The second convention of the organisation was held on in in Thessaloniki, Greece on May 7, 2014. "The meeting of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the foreign ministers of Greece and Bulgaria is in line with the recent foreign policy actions, focusing on the regional dimension - a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and a telephone conversation with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov - and occurring as the European Union is tackling its priorities for the Western Balkans. In continuation of the same regional logic, a meeting of foreign ministers in a Bucharest 9 (B9) format will take place in Romania, thus enhancing regional cooperation from both a European and a strategic perspective," reads the statement. According to the Government, Dancila welcomed the presence of the two ministers in Bucharest and expressed her satisfaction with the continuation of this trilateral format for more than two decades that adds value especially in the context of regional cooperation and interconnection projects. "The officials emphasised the privileged nature of the relations among the three states, as reflected on bilateral cooperation, as well as shared interests that bring their positions closer on a regional level - with emphasis on the European integration of the states in the area - and in Europe, where they share the objective of a united and Europe that displays solidarity. In this respect, the full availability of all three countries was voiced to continue to develop bilateral and regional cooperation and to jointly promote projects of shared interest for the benefit of their citizens." Dancila congratulated Bulgaria on a successful start of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council, assuring the country of full support in fulfilling the set objectives. "Highlighted was the wide range of opportunities to Romania and Bulgaria's benefit as neighbouring states that are EU and NATO members, which the two countries want to capitalise on." At the same time, Dancila underscored the role that Romanians in Bulgaria and Bulgarians in Romania play in the development of bilateral relations. "In economic terms, the need to encourage contacts between businesspeople and to give a more pronounced dynamic to bilateral trade and mutual investment to create new jobs was revealed. The officials agreed on the importance of effective implementation of regional development programmes and cross-border cooperation between Romania and Bulgaria in order to carry out concrete projects on European funds to secure economic and social convergence in the two countries. " Dancila also mentioned a lasting friendship between Romania and Greece and their people, voicing a desire for the bilateral political dialogue to be boosted and high-level contacts to resume. "The contribution of the Romanian community in Greece and the Greek community in Romania to the consolidation of the relations between the two nations and the development of cultural links was underscored. In economic terms, an increase in Romanian-Greek commercial exchanges in 2017 was hailed. At the same time, the importance of maintaining and consolidating this trend was emphasised, along with the promotion of bilateral investment, given the existence of a great potential for exploration and capitalisation," according to the Romanian Government. AGERPRES (RO - author: Madalina Cerban, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN - author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Panaitescu)
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