‘The Romania-Spain Business Forum’ was held on the occasion of the official visit paid by the Spanish minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and the minister for the Development of Infrastructure, Ana Pastor, accompanied by the president of CEOE Internacional, Jesus Banegas and a Spanish business delegation.
We hope Romania will reach an economic growth of 2 pc by the end of the year, as Spain is an important partner for our country in reaching this objective, the chairman of the Committee for European Affairs of the Romanian Parliament, Ovidiu Ioan Silaghi said yesterday during the ‘Romania-Spain Business Forum’ organised by the Chamber of Industry of Romania – the National Chamber, jointly with the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations and under the High patronage of the Embassy of Spain in Bucharest. “A relevant element is represented by the fact that the government now has a good representation in Parliament, of 70 pc,” Ovidiu Silaghi explained.During the same event, Alin Sorin Mitrica, state secretary with the Ministry of European Funds mentioned that the institution he represents recently intensified the efforts aimed at keeping the promises made to the European Commission. “Of late, we focused on identifying the main development priorities of the country, with the ministry I represent assuming the role of coordinator, but also of partner,” Alin Sorin Mitrica stated.In his turn, James Hyslop, director for Romania in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development emphasised the necessity of developing the infrastructure on Romanian territory, saying that there are investment opportunities for Spanish entrepreneurs. Mauricio Mesa, executive director for Romania and Bulgaria in HERCESA, pointed to the need for better communication between the two stated and said that one should hold monthly consultations between Spanish companies and Romanian authorities. “We don’t want a preferential treatment, but an easier communication, so our problems can be understood. In Romania, we are confronted by increased bureaucracy, laws change very often, high taxes, it would be easier to endure all these if communication improved,” Mesa went on saying.‘The Romania-Spain Business Forum’ was hosted by the Palace of the National Chamber of Commerce – the Cuza Amphitheatre, the Blue Amphitheatre and the Aula of Chandeliers.Before the forum, the officials paid a visit to the Cervantes Institute of Bucharest, where they met H.E. Estanislao de Grandes Pascual, the ambassador of Spain in Bucharest, and Mihail Vlasov, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania.The event included a plenary session in which Spanish investors were given useful advice and were presented the prospects of using structural funds during 2014-2020. The plenary session was followed by sectorial sessions on infrastructure, transport, environment and renewable energy, with the last sector being very important for both Romania and potential Spanish investors.Among the objectives of the visit paid by the Spanish delegation to Bucharest, under the leadership of Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, there is also sharing experience in the management of European funds.