Sweden is ready to help Romania to access more European funds to fight poverty, Speaker of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Sweden Urban Ahlin, currently on a visit to Bucharest, said on Monday.
We are keen on helping Sweden’s poor benefit more from the opportunities they have, to fulfill their desires and dreams, and we are also keen on helping Romania obtain more EU funding, to more efficiently distribute the money and do more to combat poverty, because that’s the most important thing, said the Swedish official at the Palace of Parliament after a meeting with Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker Valeriu Zgonea.
The guest also pointed out that Sweden does not have a special department or a ministry to handle Roma issues, but that there are officials in the Swedish Government tasked with cooperating with the Romanian Government to ease the latter’s access to funding so as to improve the living standards of the poor people from Romania and Sweden.
So, we are working towards each other: see what can we do in Sweden and how we can help Romania in this matter. Because the most important thing is that we all benefit from setting in place better living standards for our citizens, added Urban Ahlin.
The head of the Swedish Parliament stressed that Sweden is one of the greatest defenders of the people’s freedom of movement.
I am absolutely convinced that you all know that there is a debate going on in Sweden about poor people who come to our country from Romania and beg on the streets. We discussed this, and we believe the Swedish and the Romanian Parliaments can cooperate to ensure the best integration of these people, to help you use EU funds in a more efficient way to integrate them and to ensure a more prosperous life for the poor. Of course, we, the Swedes are more than willing to help you with this endeavor, concluded Urban Ahlin.
President Iohannis receives Swedish Parliament speaker
President Klaus Iohannis received on Monday at the Cotroceni Palace Swedish Parliament Speaker Urban Ahlin, the Presidential Administration informed Agerpres.
According to a media release of the Administration, the two officials voiced their satisfaction about the evolution of the relations and cooperation between Romania and Sweden, on both bilateral and European Union levels.They also agreed there was a potential to further develop these relations, especially on the economic side, the document points out.
During the talks, Ahlin hailed Romania’s commitment and contribution to the European Neighbourhood policy, “especially the support of the European path of the Republic of Moldova.
The talks reconfirmed the mutual interest in a close cooperation between Romania and Sweden, in support of the European Union’s move toward the Eastern Partnership countries. The topics of the free movement of individuals in the EU was also addressed; in this context, the dialogue revealed the mutual interest in cooperating for a better integration and social inclusion of the Roma community, the release mentions
Prime Minister Ponta hails dynamic political dialogue between Romania and Sweden
Prime minister, Victor Ponta has hailed on Monday afternoon during a meeting at the Victoria Palace with the Speaker of the Riksdag, the Swedish Parliament, Urban Ahlin, the dynamic political dialogue and the good cooperation between the two countries, both at bilateral and European level.
‘Prime minister, Victor Ponta indicated that there are several convergence points in the foreign policy where the two countries coordinate themselves to strengthen cooperation at EU level, an example in this respect being the support committed to the European orientation of the Eastern neighbourhood’s countries,’ a Government release sent Agerpres says.
According to the source, during the meeting the two high officials have also approached the ways in which Romania and Sweden, at Government’s and Parliament’s level could support the reforms in various fields and at the same time the European path of the Republic of Moldova.
‘The Romanian Prime minister has presented projects and concrete support Romania has given and continues to give to the Republic of Moldova, as regards the energy inter-connection, the modernization of the education’s infrastructure, the cultural field, the administration’s reform etc. He said that the support by the EU member states should go on, with financial implication and expertise, in order to actively support the modernization process of the Republic of Moldova,’ the release adds.
Valeriu Zgonea: ‘Romania is an exporter of good practices in area of integration in the EU’
Deputies’ Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea on Monday, at the end of the meeting with Kingdom of Sweden Parliament Speaker Urban Ahlin, said that Romania is “an exporter of good practices” in the area of integration in the European Union.
“At the moment, Romania is an exporter of good practices in the area of integration in the EU and we want, together with Mr Speaker, to collaborate with other states in Eastern Europe wanting to join the EU, so we can teach them all the procedures and steps they want to make, so that the path to the EU be as fast and with as few syncopes as possible,” Valeriu Zgonea said at the Palace of Parliament.
He pointed out that, during the meeting, they approached aspects of the cooperation between Romania and Sweden.
“(…) Romania needs Sweden’s experience in the nuclear energy area and in other structures that are important. There is a know-how and agreement transfer between the specialised institutions, even at this moment there is a conference on these policies and on the definitive storage of nuclear waste,” Zgonea pointed out.