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Antonescu, on private visit to the US

Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu stated in an interview for ‘Gandul’ daily that he is paying a private visit to the United States of America, a visit that includes an official meeting too. He pointed out that he will take part in a transatlantic conference (TPN) in which the future US-EU agreement will be negotiated. Antonescu underlined that he will attend this conference as Speaker of the Senate but the cost of this trip is not covered by the institution he will represent.
“I will attend this conference alongside politicians and businessmen from the EU and the US Congress. For example, the panel I will be part of will include Michel Barnier – the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Elmar Brok – Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hannes Swoboda – President of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament. The American side will be represented by Ed Royce, Chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and by Wendy Sherman from the State Department. The topic is this: talks between politicians, between people from the business sector, about the outlook of this EU-US treaty,” Antonescu said, being quoted by Mediafax. He stated that the rest of his meetings in the US will be private.
The Speaker of the Senate added that he will probably pay an official visit to the US this autumn or early next year too. In what concerns the fact that Ovidiu Silaghi was nominated for the Transportation Ministry, the PNL President pointed out that there is no reason President Traian Basescu would reject the nomination. This is Antonescu’s first visit in America. In 2011 Antonescu gave up at the last minute taking part in the visit that Victor Ponta paid to the US.

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