Senate’s President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Wednesday advocated in Istanbul, at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PA BSEC) for an integrated approach of the transport and energy infrastructure’s development projects, capable to ensure connectivity among the member countries, a release of the Senate informs.
In his address during the general debates on ’25 years of PA BSEC: the role of parliaments in shaping the future of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation’ Popescu-Tariceanu said that in order to achieve the common goals, efforts and a renewed commitment of the BSEC countries for an honest dialogue, mutual understanding and collaboration are necessary, all the more important considering the region’s complex security situation.
Moreover, in the name of the Senate, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu reasserted his confidence in the future of the cooperation at the Black Sea and in the PA BSEC contribution to promoting peace, stability and welfare in the BSEC countries.
Popescu-Tariceanu emphasized that the development of the economic cooperation and of the commercial exchanges at the Black Sea and beyond the region between Europe and Asia is demanding an integrated approach of the transport and energy infrastructure’s development projects, capable to ensure the growth of connectivity among the member countries.
At the same time, the Senate’s head stressed that Romania, as a founding member of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC) and a member of the European and Euro-Atlantic structures, supports the strengthening of the relations with all the BSEC member states, the increase of coordination and complementarity between PA BSEC and OBSEC, and is promoting the region’s interests internationally.
‘For the duration of its mandate at the helm of the Council of EU in the first half of 2019, Romania will further plead for a stronger role of the EU in the Black Sea region and for the boosting of the EU collaboration with the countries in the region, giving the Eastern Partnership a strategic significance,’ Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stressed.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the Senate’s president had bilateral meetings with the president of Albania’s Parliament, Gramoz Ruci, the President in office of the PA BSEC, with the President of the National Assembly of Serbia, Maja Gojkovic, and with the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Andrian Candu.