Corlatean hopes the Czech Republic will further support Romania’s accession to Schengen

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean on Thursday thanked his Czech counterpart Karel Schwarzenberg for the constant support for the accession to the Schengen Zone and expressed his confidence that this positive approach will be maintained, in order to reach a favourable decision for Romania and Bulgaria. According to Corlatean, Romania and the Czech Republic cooperate as partners in the EU, on dossiers of common interest like the financial perspective, the cohesion policy, the Eastern partnership and the enlargement process.After meeting his Czech counterpart at the MAE headquarters, the Romanian minister of Foreign Affairs said that the foreign guest directly contributed to the dense network of political, economic, cultural and inter-human ties between the two countries.Karel Schwarzenberg, deputy prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, in his turn mentioned that Romania and his country think along similar lines with regard to political cooperation in Eastern Europe.“We were allies during wars, we shared the same fate after the war for some time, and now once again we have a common alliance. So we collaborate very well. Naturally, today we also cooperate on economic subjects inside the EU. We see there is much interest for investments and for the economic relations between our countries. I hope that our businesspeople will understand these opportunities,” Schwarzenberg said.In a separate move, on Thursday, Corlatean said at the Romanian-Czech Forum of Investment Opportunities, hosted by Romexpo, that the commercial exchanges between Romania and the Czech Republic marked a historic peak in 2011, when they exceeded EUR 2 bln for the first time in 20 years.Also Thursday, the minister of Foreign Affairs met Lucinda Creighton, the Irish state minister for European Affairs. The previous day, Corlatean had paid a visit to Berlin, where he had talks with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle. The agenda of talks included topics of bilateral interest and actual dossiers of European and international politics.

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