Education, Research, Youth and Sports Minister Daniel Funeriu on Monday met with the Spanish and Chinese ambassadors to Romania, according to ministry press release. Spanish Ambassador Estanislao de Grandes Pascual praised bilateral co-operation in education, mainly in what regards academic exchanges and bilingual classes, voicing appreciation for Romanian students’ fluency in Spanish. “Our bilateral ties in the area of education and culture are at a high level and I believe we should make the most of it, take things forward and step up exchanges. We have an excellent co-operation and we wish to look into introducing Spanish as second foreign language in as many Romanian schools,” the Spanish ambassador said after the talks. In the context in which Spain is now holding the EU rotating presidency, Minister Funeriu asked for support with the initiative of introducing a common EU policy for Roma ethnic groups’ education. Funeriu also expressed his support for the pursuit of a Romanian language, culture and civilisation programme in Spanish schools. Chinese Ambassador Liu Zengwen wanted to meet the Romanian minister of education in person in order to invite him on an official visit to China this year. “This invitation gives me great honour. The People’s Republic of China is very important to us and I think a good co-operation with China is an essential element in Romanian education, research, youth and sports issues. I would be most happy to honour this invitation and I can assure you I will visit your country as soon as my agenda allows me to,” Minister Funeriu replied, stressing out the special importance he gave to China relations.