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September 29, 2022

Foreign Minister Aurescu, Dutch ambassador van Bonzel discuss prospects for Romania’s accession to Schengen Area

Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Tuesday welcomed Dutch ambassador to Romania Matthijs van Bonzel (L) on a farewell visit at the end of the ambassador’s mission, to discuss the consolidation of the border-free Schengen Area and the prospects for Romania’s accession to the area.
The Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press statement sent to Agerpres on Tuesday that Aurescu and van Bonzel analysed the latest developments in the bilateral Romanian-Dutch relationship and hailed the consolidation of late of the bilateral political dialogue materialised in talks at the level of the two foreign ministers and also intensified political and technical contacts in various areas.
Aurescu said the 135th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Romania and the Netherlands will be celebrated this year also by the joint presence of the heads of Romanian and Dutch diplomacies in a concert to be staged by the Concertgebouw Amsterdam Royal Orchestra at the George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest.
Aurescu also mentioned a rising trend in bilateral trade and investment, hailing the Netherlands being first among foreign investors in Romania for the time of van Bonzel’s diplomatic mission in Romania.
“The Romanian dignitary pointed out that there is a long and rich tradition of cooperation between Romania and the Netherlands in a variety of areas, both bilaterally and at a European level, with the Netherlands being Romania’s important partner. He underscored the potential for the development and consolidation of the partnership thorough new joint European and regional initiatives in areas of interest, with the two diplomats reiterating in the context Romanian-Dutch cooperation in promoting joint projects for the Republic of Moldova, in which both countries are displaying increased interest,” says MAE.

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