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President Traian Basescu, at the Cotroceni Palace, on Saturday, had a meeting with His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales. According to a Presidential Administration release, quoted by Agerpres, Basescu received Prince Charles in the Blue Hall and thanked him for “the visit and the friendship he has shown during these past years to Romania and the Romanian people.” As for the Prince of Wales, he wanted to stress “the warmth the Romanian people shows every time they receive him.” According to the quoted source, during the meeting they also talked about the importance President Basescu bestows on “fighting corruption and consolidating the state of law” during his mandates.
Saturday, after the meeting with the Head of State, Prince Charles was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Bucharest University, during a ceremony held at the Law Faculty. On this occasion, the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom stressed the importance of maintaining the cultural and architectural values and of the traditions of the Romanian village. Prince Charles added that he is honored to be awarded this distinction and that, in the context of the 150 years of Bucharest University, he wants to contribute to the consolidation of the relations between the British higher education institutions and the centennial universities in Romania. President of Bucharest University Senate Gheorghe Vlad Nistor said that this is the first time Prince Charles accepts an honorary title from a higher education institution. Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean, minister delegate for Higher Education Mihnea Costoiu, Senator Ecaterina Andronescu, Princess Margaret and Prince Radu, President of the Romanian Academy Valentin Vlad, president of the National Rectors Council Sorin Campeanu and advisor to BNR governor Adrian Vasilescu were present at the ceremony. “We owe very much to Prince Charles for promoting Romania’s values abroad,” said Mihnea Costoiu.
Organic farming, sustainable development of the mountain area and its attractiveness, and support for the small farmers were the main topics discussed on the meeting that Prince Charles had on Saturday with MEP Daciana Sarbu, recently elected for another term as a member of the European Parliament.