European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen (photo R) and Commissioner Corina Cretu were in Romania on December 15, on an official visit, meeting Prime Minister Victor Ponta (photo L) and National Bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu. The visit was occasioned by the “A Stimulus for Investments in Europe” conference. Their schedule also included meetings with Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu and President elect Klaus Iohannis. The two European Commission representatives also took part in a debate with Economic Studies Academy students, titled “The Future of Europe.” On Monday evening the two European officials opened “The Structural Funds Gala”, an event in which successful projects financed with European funds in 2007-2013 will receive awards.
Romania is the first European Union state which Vice President Katainen visits in order to present the EUR 315 bln investment plan announced by President Junker at the end of November.