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Corlatean attends foreign ministers of Danube riparian countries meeting in Austria

Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean participated yesterday in the second informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers of the Danube riparian countries in St. Pölten, Austria. According to a press release posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), the agenda of the meeting was going to be focussed on the stage of the implementation of new flagship projects and role of Danube cities and regions in the development of the region. MAE also notes the main objective of the meeting is the marking of a political commitment and the stage of the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (SUERD), as well as the offering of a substantive contribution to the agenda of the Annual Forum of Regensburg, Bavaria, 27-28 November 2012.On the occasion, FM Corlatean saw Peter Wittmann (photo), MP and president of the Austria-Romania Friendship Group and president of the Federal Constitution Reform Commission. According to MAE, the talks ‘highlighted a wide convergence regarding the approach to Romanian-Austrian themes of mutual interest, and in a European context’. Another aspect addressed by the two officials was the process of the preparation of the parliamentary election in Romania and Austria (HII 2013).The stage of the Romanian-Austrian relations was also discussed, with an accent falling on economic relations, which have going through a sustained development in the last few years, With Austria being one of Romania’s main trade partners as well as one of the most important foreign investors. MAE also announces a planned visit to Romania by the Austria-Romania Parliamentary Friendship Group in the first quarter of 2013. Corlatean was also going to have bilateral talks with his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelleger, as well as meetings with Andreas Schieder, Secretary of State at the Federal Finance Ministry.

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