The ‘Black Sea Regional Projects 2020’ (BSRP) Foundation headed by former Prime Minister Victor Ponta was launched on Wednesday evening.
Attending the event alongside the founder members were Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, US Charge d’Affaires ad interim Dean Thompson, Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea, as well as other representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest.
“I appreciate very much the courage of those who came to this launch. I have also received another 300 – 400 messages – ‘I would have wanted to be there with you, however it is best that I do not come, but I support you.’ (…) Very many people with good faith are by our side, some have already told me to be careful with the money that we already received with the foundation. I said I am careful, considering that we haven’t a bank account yet,” Victor Ponta said at the event that took place at the Diplomatic Club in Bucharest.
He underscored that the basic idea of the BSRP founders is that Romania can and must get involved as an active player in the Black Sea region, in the Western Balkans and in the Middle East, up to the Persian Gulf.
“The European Union is a key-player in the region and Romania plans to be a gateway to major projects, supporting at the same time the aspirations of certain countries to access the European Union. BRSP, which firmly believes in the European values, will provide expertise to the states taking steps in the direction of integration and will support the development of EU’s strategic projects in the region,” the former PM showed.
According to Ponta, the foundation is an original project, with original partners whom Romania needs. At the same time, he said, the launched project, of national scale, is necessary for our country and for its cooperation with other states on economic and diplomatic matters.
He highlighted the experience of those who joined him in this endeavor, former ministers who were in charge of important areas such as education, labour, healthcare, agriculture, communications, justice, European funds.