The date of January 1, 2014, will mark a significant moment in the life of the Romanian nationals living in the UK, as they will benefit from the same statute the other EU citizens enjoy, the British citizens living in Romania, included, Romania’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Dr Ion Jinga said in an interview to Agerpres. The Romanian-British relations inscribe within the Strategic Partnership launched in 2003, a partnership which witnessed a new dynamic in 2011, when it was reconfirmed at the highest level and updated in accordance with Romania’s current status, of EU and NATO member state. The quality and the consistence of the dialogue between the two countries are highly appreciated by both sides and the British Foreign Minister, Mr. William Hague, told me that never in their history did Romania and the UK have better relations than at present, Ambassador Jinga said. We can say that the UK is one of the closest friends, partners and allies Romania has in Europe, the Romanian diplomat added. As concern the economic and trade relations between Romania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, these have witnessed over the past years an unprecedented dynamic. Thus, at the end of 2012, the trade exchanges between Romania and the UK reached the record level of 3 billion euros, out of which 1.62 billion euros represented the Romanian exports to the British space, the trade balance being in Romania’s favour by 317 million euros. The growth pace of Romanian exports to the UK in 2012 stood at 7 percent, exceeding by far both that of the total exports of Romania and that of the exports to the EU member states. This ascending trend also continued in the first part of 2013, when, in the first 5 months the total volume of trade exchanges between the two countries reached 1.36 billion euros, increasing 19 percent from the same period of 2012. However, what I want to underscore is the remarkable increase in the volume of Romania’s exports to the UK, of over 33 per cent in the first 5 months of 2013 compared with the similar period of 2012, amounting to an 841 million euro volume. The growth stands at 46 per cent if we report it to the first 5 months of 2011 and, namely, at 70 per cent, compared with the first 5 months of 2010, the Ambassador says. After the first 5 months of 2013, the same statistics show that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland takes the fifth place as Romanian exports destination within the EU area, namely the sixth place in the ranking of foreign markets selling Romanian products and the first place among EU member states as concerns Romania’s trade surplus.