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February 28, 2021

President Basescu attends Vienna Alliance of Civilisations forum

President Traian Basescu left for Vienna yesterday to participate in the Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilisations. The president has also meetings scheduled with Romanians living in Austria and Austrian businesspeople. According to the official agenda communicated by the Presidency, Traian Basescu attended the opening of the Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations from 11 am Romanian time. According to the forum organisation website, in the opening session where Traian Basescu was going to hold a speech, the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, and the President of Austria, Heinz Fischer also participated. The opening session was also attended by the Foreign Ministers of Spain – José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil, Austria – Michael Spindelegger and Serbia – Vuk Jeremic.President Basescu met in the afternoon the representatives of the Romanian community in Austria at the Romanian Embassy in Vienna.Talks with the President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, were due at the Presidential Palace. Traian Basescu also had a meeting with Austrian businesspeople at the headquarters of the Association of Industrialists in Vienna. President Traian Basescu said yesterday in Vienna, in his speech delivered at the Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations, that in Europe it has become “fashion” for some politicians to blame everything on migrants, as the sole culprits for economic setbacks.“I consider that it is important for political leaders to combat the easy manner in which, sometimes, the responsibility for the economic and social problems of peoples is transferred upon the communities of migrants. At least in Europe, there is a fashion that, when there is a crisis, either economic or of a different nature, some politicians blame migrants as sole culprits for the mishaps of locals,” Basescu said.According to the president, “migration increases the vulnerability of the citizens of the host country, as well as that of people in transit” and “efficient and coherent migration policies are necessary, given what’s at stake and the opportunities it offers.”Basescu emphasised that “migrants are too often used on the black market of labour force” and EU member states “should aim at enforcing firm policies for diminishing black labour.”

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