The Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister, Bogdan Aurescu (photo R) and the Minister for European Economic Area and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, Vidar Helgesen have reiterated on Wednesday their countries’ support for the full implementation of the Minsk Memorandums, according to a release by the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) sent Agerpres.
The implications of the crisis in Ukraine upon the regional security and the situation in the Eastern neighbourhood of the EU have been significant topics on the agenda of the two officials, on Wednesday, at the MAE HQs.
Bogdan Aurescu has highlighted that the security environment at the EU Eastern borders has known a deep transformation after the illegal annexation of Crimea.
Referring to the sanctions imposed by the European Union, minister Aurescu pointed out that they should be maintained until the full implementation of the Minsk Memorandums. At the same time, he said the North-Atlantic Alliance is on its way to enforce the decisions endorsed at the Wales summit, among which is the implementation of the measures of reassurance and adaptation on the Eastern flank, Romania being to host two NATO command and control structures. In the context, he invited Norway as a NATO ally to allocate personnel for these structures on Romania’s territory.
The Romanian chief of diplomacy has reiterated the support by Romania for the reviewing and upgrading of the EU Security Strategy.
The Norwegian minister has emphasized his country’s interest in being associated as tight as possible to the EU formats of talk and cooperation referring to the Eastern Neighbourhood and specified that Norway is interested to contribute to regional cooperation projects, with border character, meant to support the nearing of the Eastern Partnership countries to the EU.
In this respect, the two ministers talked about the possibility to develop such projects addressed to supporting the implementation of the Association and Free Trade Agreements by the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine authorities. Likewise, minister Helgesen mentioned that Norway is interested to be associated to the debates at the EU member states’ level referring to the European security and defence aspects.
Withal, the two ministers have had a swap of opinions regarding the reviewing of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the preparation of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga this May.
Minister Aurescu referred to the fact that Romania actively contributes to the reflection process regarding the reviewing of the EU Neighbourhood Policy.
Aurescu and Helgesen appreciated the excellent stage of the Romanian-Norwegian relationships and their ascending trend, the MAE release adds.
PM Ponta , Minister Helgesen highlight the ascending presence of Norwegian investments in Romania
Prime Minister Victor Ponta at the Victoria Palace on Wednesday welcomed Norwegian minister in charge with the European Economic Area and European Affairs Vidar Helgesen, who is paying an official visit to Romania. During the meeting, they highlighted the ascending presence of Norwegian investments in Romania in various areas, such as ship building, the oil and gas industry, IT, renewable energy.
“The two officials discussed about the modalities to further strengthen the political and development dialogue, the bilateral economic relations, at the end of 2014 the total value of the commercial exchanges between Romania and Norway having reached 675 million euros (with exports worth 575 euros and imports worth 100 million euros),” shows a Government release remitted to Agerpres..
The Prime Minister voiced the appreciation of the Government of Bucharest for the support provided by Norway through the funds within the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism in the current financial period, underscoring that through the promoted projects these contribute to the reduction of the economic and social disparities, to the development and consolidation of some long-lasting relations between the two countries, the cited source points out.
At the same time, Romania’s high level of absorption of Norwegian funds was highlighted.
Prime Minister Ponta also voiced the support for completing the negotiations between the EU and the EEA states – Norway for the next financial period (2014-2019), as soon as possible, in order to avoid delays.
According to the same source, within the discussions there was also an opinion exchange on the situation in the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Romanian Prime Minister having presented Romania’s objectives and support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia.
“The good collaboration between the two countries within NATO was also underscored,” the Government also points out.