H.E. Mr. VICTOR PONTA, Prime Minister of Romania
“(…) I personally have a great appreciation and admiration for the extraordinary progress made by Turkey in the last decade and we extend absolute and unconditional support for the Turkey’s EU accession. Europe needs Turkey as much as Turkey would need Europe. I truly believe that a Europe that would include Turkey is a stronger Europe, a more respected Europe internationally and that European standards certainly make us all progress towards democracy, our economic development and the fight against poverty, extremism and all the other negative aspects of our society.
(…) Politically and militarily, Turkey, along Poland is indeed a strategic partner for Romania. We are the three countries of the eastern flank of NATO that will host including the missile defence elements. We are the countries with great responsibility to ensure the security of the region and I assert again perfect coordination between Romania and Turkey on all politico-military issues pertaining to the region (…)
(…) Turkey is Romania’s main trading partner outside the EU. (…) Energy security is for Turkey and Romania one of the major stakes of the years to come. (…) Producers in Romania and Turkey, and consumers in Romania and Turkey can win together as a result of trade relation in agriculture and sanitary- veterinary much better than it has been until now (…) Romania tries and will be able to facilitate the visa system. I hope the visas barrier between Romania and Turkey, between Europe and Turkey, should be removed soon”.
(Excerpts from the speech held in Ankara on the occasion of the September 19 official visit to Turkey)