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Corlatean expects R. Moldova to start EU trade pact talks at Vilnius Summit




Initialling the Association Agreement (AA) and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) at Vilnius Summit are vital to the future of the Republic of Moldova, Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean said on Monday during the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the EU member states in Brussels. “Initialling the Association Agreement [AA] and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement [DCFTA] at the Summit of Vilnius and these documents signing by next autumn are vital to the future of the Republic of Moldova,” Minister Corlatean said in the discussions devoted to the Eastern Partnership.
According to a MAE release, the Corlatean said that the European message to the partner states should be consistent and ambitious, supporting the initialling and signing of the AA/DCFTA with Georgia. Concerning Ukraine, he voiced support for signing AA/DCFTA, under the reserve of Kiev’s fulfilling the conditionalities included in the FAC Conclusions of December 2012.
The discussions referring to the Southern Neighbourhood focused on Syria, Libya and Egypt, the Ministers having reiterated the importance of Geneva II dialogue, as well as the deep concern with the constant deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria, as well as in the neighbouring countries. They highlighted the importance of continuing the process of democratic transition in Egypt and hailed the emergency state having been lifted.
Romania’s support for strengthening CSDP, reconfirmed
Titus Corlatean reaffirmed, on Monday, in Brussels, Romania’s support for strengthening the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), emphasizing the importance of cooperation between the Member States and the need of a unitary political will, set to articulate a higher and credible EU profile at security level. Corlatean participated in a joint session organized with the participation of defense ministers, in the framework of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting. The meeting’s agenda was dedicated to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), in preparation of the European Council in December 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) informs in a press release. Corlatean pointed out Romania’s interest in strengthening the transatlantic relation and showed support for the EU initiatives aimed at cooperation in the field of CSDP with partner states, especially the member states of the Eastern Partnership.
Cyber-defence, a must
Cyber-defence is one of the areas in which the European-level cooperation represents a necessity, Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa told the Foreign Affairs Council meeting of defence ministers held in Brussels, according to a ministry release. “It is important that the European public should be aware of the need to develop the military capabilities with a view to increasing the EU’s strategic autonomy in managing the crisis situations. Security and defence do matter”, Dusa stressed.
Romania has a special interest concerning the defence industry because there are over 25 companies with production activities in the area that need to be integrated in the European defence industry system, Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa also said in Brussels.

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