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Cooperation at European level – on the agenda of Diaconescu-Milanesi talks

During his working visit to Rome, Diaconescu presented to Romanians living in Italy an initiative aimed at lowering consular taxes.

The Italian Minister for European Affairs, Enzo Moavero Milanesi yesterday asked the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cristian Diaconescu, who is paying a working visit to Italy these days, to analyse the possibility of Romania becoming associated with the joint letter ‘A plan for growth in Europe’ signed on February 20, 2012 by 12 heads of state and government of the European Union. According to a press release posted on the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), during talks yesterday the ministers reiterated the common position of the two countries regarding the main topics of interest for Europe, while regarding the 2014-2020 multi-annual financial perspective, Italy expressed its availability to collaborate with Romania on the Common Agricultural Policy and the cohesion policy. The agenda of talks also included Romania’s accession to Schengen, and the Italian minister reiterated the unequivocal support of Italy for the accession of our country to the free-travel area, while emphasising the importance of maintaining the principle of solidarity at European scale.

MAE projects for the Romanians living in Italy

Cristian Diaconescu on Tuesday met the representatives of Romanian association in Italy and informed them about a new initiative of MAE aimed at lowering consular fees. On this occasion, the chief of Romanian diplomacy voiced his satisfaction for the fact that most Romanians living in Italy are “well integrated” and significantly contribute to the Italian economy and to the promotion and preservation of the Romanian cultural and linguistic identity, through the actions and events they organise. In the context, Diaconescu reiterated the importance of working legally, which gives every worker “an element of safety,” and told the audience that authorities want to consolidate the cooperation with the Italian side, also in protecting the rights of Romanian workers. “The Romanian community in Italy and the Italian business community in Romania are solid bridges between the two countries,” Diaconescu said. He emphasised that approximately 1,000,000 Romanians work in Italy, and more than 30,000 companies with Italian or joint capital hired over 800,000 workers in Romania.During his visit, Minister Diaconescu also had talks with the deputy mayor of Rome, Sveva Belviso, with the main topics being the proposals of collaboration between the Municipality of Rome and the government of Romania. “The deputy mayor of Rome proposed making a video material aimed at informing Romanian citizens in view of preventing human trafficking and any forms of abuse (…), a material that will be aired on the media channels of Romania,” added the source. During talks with the Romanian Orthodox bishop of Italy, Right Reverend Father Siluan, Diaconescu proposed a closer collaboration between the Municipality of Rome and the Romanian Orthodox Bishopric of Italy and suggested that authorities analyse the possibility of giving some buildings to the Bishopric, for social and educational projects similar to those implemented by the Catholic Church, such as: foster homes for the homeless, social and counseling centers. “The sides also analysed other projects aimed at supporting and promoting Romanian culture in Italy, including the possibility of the Rome administration founding a Romanian high-school that will bear the name of great Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu,” the Foreign Ministry informs.

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