President Traian Basescu yesterday met with Baden-Wurttemberg state Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann at Cotroceni Palace, talks focusing on the importance of the Danube Strategy, Mediafax said. “You must surely know there is a tradition in this cooperation and perhaps the most important project we generated together was the Danube Strategy. Thank you for the attention you give to this partnership,” Basescu said at the beginning of talks. In his turn, Kretschmann underlined that the EU Danube Strategy is a priority project for everybody, “for economic development, but also for education and culture.” Also yesterday, Kretschmann met with Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi and discussed bilateral ties, especially at economic level. Baconschi underlined the important role of the joint Romania-Baden-Wurttemberg commission in promoting economic projects with concrete results, according to a press release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The two officials discussed the possibility of increasing the weight of German investment in Romania and expansion of cooperation in renewable energy. Kretschmann and Baconschi also reaffirmed the wish to find new cooperation opportunities offered by the Danube Strategy, focusing on the need to have a better use of European funds to develop projects within the strategy.
On Wednesday, Kretschmann met Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana and discussed both the Danube Strategy and the current economic situation, Mediafax reported. In a speech at a reception in honour of German Unity Day later in the evening, Geoana said he received a backpack from Kretschmann, a gift he sees as an “invitation” to travel along the Danube on a bike. “I have agreed with the prime minister to meet on a trip along the Danube on the bike tracks we plan to finance, so that [all people] can see the beauty of the Danube project,” Geoana said.