During his official visit to Budapest earlier in the week, Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean made a proposal for a joint mini-session of the Romanian and the Hungarian government to be held in Romania in the first half of 2013, a proposal to which the Hungarian side agreed in principle. According to a release by the Foreign Ministry in Bucharest, Corlatean said that the mini-session would approach cross-border security and energy cooperation projects, given both countries support both the Nabucco project and the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector (AGRI), as well as the motorway interconnection of the two countries through the Bors and Nadlac checkpoints.During the talks he had with Hungarian government officials, Corlatean said that Romania’s entry in the Schengen Area, stipulated to take place during 2013 most likely, raises the issue of border checkpoints. He also specified that Premier Victor Ponta and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban are due to meet at the Friends of Cohesion group meeting in Bratislava this week, to discuss the joint stand of the countries that call for an increase in social cohesion funds in the EU budget 2014-2020. According to the quoted source, Corlatean expressed the viewpoint of the Romanian side on the situation being improved of the Romanian community living in Hungary. The FM called on Hungarian authorities’ support in providing “predictable and appropriate financing toward supporting a quality Romanian language educational process for the Romanian Orthodox Diocese, the Research Institute of the Romanians in Hungary and the Romanian language mass-media”. Also, he reiterated the interest for the Romanian minority to be directly represented in Hungary’s Parliament, including the right to vote, in order to promote their rights in efficient and non-discriminatory fashion compared to other minorities. Also, the head of the Romanian diplomacy, asked the Hungarian side’s support for a Romanian Cultural Center being set up at Micherechi. In their turn, the authorities in Budapest agreed to the statue of late Metropolitan Bishop Andrei Saguna being installed at Jula, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release also states. During the talks with the President of the Hungarian Parliament, Laszlo Kover, Corlatean “urged the avoidance in the future of some potential negative impact initiatives for the bilateral relationship, of the type referring to controversial personalities such as Nyiro Jozsef, initiatives the Romanian side cannot agree to”.
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