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September 28, 2021
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Annual Reunion of the Romanian Diplomatic Corps, on September 1-4: Romania and the security challenges at the boundaries of the European and the Euro-Atlantic space

The Foreign Ministry is organizing the Annual Reunion of the Romanian Diplomatic Corps (RADR) on September 1-4, its theme being “Romania and the security challenges at the boundaries of the European and Euro-Atlantic space. Risks, opportunities and diplomatic action.”
This year’s theme reflects first of all the attention that the Romanian diplomacy gives to Romania’s extended neighbourhood, especially to NATO’s and EU’s eastern and southern neighbourhood. As a result of the international security challenges of 2014 and 2015, the Romanian diplomatic corps had the role not only of reacting but also of being pro-active and dynamic, so as to protect as best as possible Romania’s interests in the wide sense, by coming up with proposals and solutions that converge on the same goal – making Romania safer from all points of view during a complex period.
The special guests of this year’s edition are: Poland’s Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, Norway’s Foreign Minister Borge Brende and Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. Romanian diplomats that hold important positions within international organizations – Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General, and Cornel Feruta, Chief Coordinator of the International Atomic Energy Agency – will also attend the event.
Apart from the official opening session, the Annual Reunion of the Romanian Diplomatic Corps will consist of several plenary sessions that will feature the messages of foreign guests, as well as sectoral working sessions (management and organization, human resources, public relations, consular affairs and other important aspects).
The plenary sessions will focus on the following subjects: Economic diplomacy and Romania’s export offer (in collaboration with Romania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry); The revising of the European Neighbourhood Policy – Eastern Partnership’s essential role (main speaker: Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna); European problems – the current challenges of the EU agenda. The start of preparations for holding the EU Council Presidency in 2019 (main speaker: Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak); Multilateral diplomacy. The role Romania can play and the importance of multilateral diplomacy. UN 70/60 Romania; EU Energy Security – Energy diplomacy on the rise; Southern Neighbourhood – Developments registered almost 5 years since the star of the Arab Spring – Challenges and opportunities (main speaker: Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh); The challenge of terrorism; Romania’s initiative on the setting up of an International Court (main speakers: Jose Martin y Perez de Nauclares, head of the Spanish Foreign Ministry’s International Law Division, and Kirsten Meersschaert Duchens, International Criminal Court Coalition’s Coordinator for Europe); Romanians abroad; The Romanian cultural model concerning national minorities. 20 years since Romania’s signing of the Framework Convention on the protection of national minorities; Security aspects. The Regional security context and collective defence – adapting NATO (main speaker: Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende).
For the first time ever, the Annual Reunion of the Romanian Diplomatic Corps will take place this year in parallel with the Embassies’ Festival, a festival dedicated to foreign embassies in Bucharest and organized by the ESCU Association under the aegis of the Romanian Foreign Ministry. The first edition of the Embassies’ Festival, whose theme is “Open Your Culture,” will take place on September 1-5, in 4 locations in Bucharest (the National Library, the Tineretului Park, Cinema Studio and the Galateca Gallery), and will showcase the participation of 50 foreign embassies, cultural institutes and international organizations. The festival will offer cultural and artistic activities (photography, film screenings, painting, sculpture), traditional cuisine, international music and dance shows, arts & crafts, children’s shows and captivating cultural diplomacy activities. More information about the festival is available on www.festivalulambasadelor.ro and on the event’s official Facebook page – www.facebook.com/embassiesfestival.
The Romanian Diplomacy Day has been marked every year on September 1 ever since 2005 and has become the main moment of recognition for the way in which Romanian diplomacy contributes to the significant processes that give free rein to Romania’s development, as well as to European and global developments.
The Annual Reunion of the Romanian Diplomatic Corps, organized around the time of the Romanian Diplomacy Day, brings together every year the heads of permanent diplomatic missions – ambassadors, general consuls, directors of the Romanian Cultural Institutes abroad – and is a good opportunity for the reviewing of activity in order to set the overall priorities of the following period.
The Annual Reunion of the Romanian Diplomatic Corps represents the most significant moment for publicly outlining Romania’s foreign policy.
Representatives of the Presidential Administration, members of the Government and of Parliament, members of the foreign diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest, representatives of international organizations, of academia and of civil society are invited to attend the works of the Annual Reunion of the Romanian Diplomatic Corps.

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