The Romanian Foreign Minister, Titus Corlatean, and his British counterpart, William Hague, adopted a joint statement by which they reaffirmed a joint commitment towards the Strategic partnership, the officials in London confirming, on this occasion, that their country will effectively eliminate restrictions on the labor market for Romanian citizens from January 1, 2014.
In the joint statement held on Thursday, the United Kingdom and Romania welcome the positive contribution that the majority of Romanians in the UK bring to the British society, to the economy of this country, said FM Corlatean, who paid on Thursday and Friday a working visit to London.
FM Titus Corlatean said that, together with his British counterpart, underlined the principle of free movement in the European Union “as a fundamental value of the EU” and stressed that the two sides must act together for the elimination of the cases of labor exploitation, including of Romanians.
During his visit, Corlatean also met the Member of the House of Commons and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the UK Labour Shadow Cabinet (in opposition) Douglas Alexander.
The talks approached topical aspects of the EU and the International agenda, and highlighted the joint preoccupation with identifying the most useful solutions for overcoming the current challenges, having an impact on Romania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, included.
FM Titus Corlatean met on Thursday, in London, the Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness D’Souza, taking this opportunity to reiterate the importance of leveraging the potential offered by the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the UK.
Nevertheless, FM Corlatean stated that British investments in energy are very welcome in Romania. Corlatean and his British counterpart, William Hague, have agreed, in a joint statement, that Romania and the United Kingdom have to initiate bilaterally an Energy Dialogue, in order to share the best practices in promoting the development of a “solid energy system, competitive and sustainable, set to back up and increase European competitiveness and to ensure supply systems security by diversifying sources and transport routes.”
FM Corlatean highlighted, in London, the need for increased support of the European Union, of its Member States, for the Partner States in the Eastern neighborhood, in the current conditions of increased political and economic pressures these ones are subjected to.