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EPP leaders discuss crisis in Bucharest think-tank

Bilateral meetings with the premiers of Belgium and Moldova, on the margin of the meeting.

EPP leaders met yesterday in Bucharest, in presence of President Traian Basescu, Premier Emil Boc, and Chamber of Deputies Speaker Roberta Anastase, to discuss about the political right’s stance on the economic crisis, the potential of the Black Sea, energy, European influence in neighbouring countries, during the Summer University – European Ideas Network, a think-tank of the European People’s Party (EPP).

The meeting, held at the Palace of the Parliament, also had at the presidium the speaker of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, EPP President Wilfried Martens, Moldovan PM Vlad Filat, Belgian Premier Yves Leterme, the Prime Minister of Armenia, Tigran Sargsyan, and Marian Jean Marinescu, vice-president of the EPP group in the European Parliament (EP). According to Marinescu, the event brought together 300 participants from 12 countries. The proceedings were opened by Joseph Daul, the president of the EPP group in the European Parliament, who hailed the Romanian leadership for its anti-crisis measures.

“For me and for the EPP group, which has the difficult task of finding itself at the helm of Europe, the end of the crisis does not mean less Europe, it means more Europe. The end of the crisis does not mean more demagoguery and populism. Here I want to salute Romania’s leadership for knowing how to take the necessary measures in order to improve the health of the finances. Of course this is difficult to accept but these measures were indispensable and everyone will realize this sooner or later. Dear Traian, I hope they will realize this sooner rather than later,” Joseph Daul stated, being quoted by the www.parlamentor.ro website.

In Daul’s opinion, Europe nevertheless has an edge over the Americans when it comes to the crisis, because the European model is based on human resources and “this is the stake.”

“We’ve made errors in the way in which we managed public funds, but we don’t have a choice but to convince not only the governments but the people too that the solution for the crisis is more Europe, with creation and innovation, a Europe in which cohesion is not an empty word,” the leader of the EPP added.

In his turn, Premier Emil Boc stated that solutions for Europe’s future cannot come from the left-wing, the latter being a waster of resources and creator of indebtedness, and opined that centre-right parties can win the elections provided they shun populist temptations.

Both President Traian Basescu and PM Emil Boc had several bilateral meetings with Moldovan PM Vlad Filat, European People’s Party (EPP) President Wilfried Martens, European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, and Belgian PM Yves Leterme, on the margins of the European People’s Party’s Conference in Bucharest.

During the meeting with the Belgian PM, President Basescu foreshadowed the talks on the implications of the current crisis, reiterating the need for comprehensive integration at European Union level. “What do you think about Europe now,” Basescu asked Leterme, the latter stating that EU member states, the members of the Euro Zone in particular, are going through difficult times. “From my point of view a comprehensive integration process is the solution, the economic integration of our countries,” President Basescu replied. At the same time, the Belgian PM expressed his interest in Belgian companies intensifying their investments in Romania, as well as in transportation and postal services projects. “The Romanian President saluted the Belgian investors’ interest for business opportunities in Romania,” a Presidential Administration press communiqué reads.

Negotiations on Transdniester, resumed

During his meeting with PM Boc, Moldovan PM Filat informed the Romanian side that an agreement on the resumption of 5+2 negotiations on the conflict in Transdniester has been reached in Moscow yesterday. “This day is an important day for us. We finally managed, after five years of consolidated effort, to restart official negotiations in the 5+2 format. This happened several minutes ago in Moscow, good things happen there too,” Filat stated, at the same time thanking Romania for the support it offered in this process. Later, during his meeting with PM Filat, the Romanian Head of State said that the resumption of negotiations is a good thing but that “the important thing is for the negotiations to conclude in an acceptable form.”

“The form is established by the Republic of Moldova’s Constitution. We will take decisions here,” Filat said. During the same meeting, President Basescu suggested to the Moldovan PM not to rush the issue of distant education because Romania did not have a good experience with it.

On the other hand, Filat and Boc agreed that the two countries’ governments should take part in a joint meeting at the end of October or early November. According to Filat, all bilateral projects established with Romania have been fulfilled and new projects should be drawn up during the future meeting.

EPP leaders support Romania on Schengen issue

Both EPP President Wilfried Martens and the Belgian PM assured the Romanian officials of their full support for Romania’s Schengen accession. Martens stated yesterday that the EPP’s Justice and Internal Affairs Ministers will try to convince The Netherlands of the need to accept Romania and Bulgaria in the Schengen Area. Martens also met President Basescu, the latter thanking him for the constant backing Romania receives from his part on issues other than the “Schengen issue” too.

The Belgian PM told Boc that Belgium will support Romania’s Schengen bid. “Romania has met all accession conditions and criteria,” Leterme stated at the Victoria Palace.

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