POLITICS

Permanent Electoral Authority, Foreign Ministry launch series of meetings with Romanian citizens abroad

Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) have launched a series of meetings with Romanian citizens abroad, part of the campaign directed at informing Romanians eligible to vote on their rights ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

According to a statement sent to Agerpres on Friday, AEP president Ana Maria Patru (photo), together with Minister-Delegate for Relations with Romanians Abroad Dan Stoenescu and Romanian Ambassador to Austria Bogdan Mazuru participated on Thursday in a meeting aimed at informing Romanian citizens in Austria on voting options and procedures provided by the new voting law for the parliamentary elections.

The meeting hosted by the Embassy of Romania to Austria was attended by representatives of the Romanian community, the Romanian-language press and of the Romanian clergy in Austria, as well as by members of Romanian associations in the country.

During the meeting, a topic of major interest was that of postal voting, introduced this year ahead of the parliamentary elections.

“I am glad I had the opportunity to meet Romanians who care about their future. By participating in this meeting they showed they are interested in sharing the information received from us today with the rest of the Romanian community in Austria. I am convinced that, staring April 1, Romanians in Austria will get registered in the Elections Register to vote in much better conditions than in 2014,” Ana Maria Patru stated at the end of talks hosted by the Austrian capital.

The AEP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs plan 30 such meetings in the near future, in European capitals and cities hosting large Romanian communities.

The AEP launched the information campaign targeting Romanian citizens living abroad at the end of 2015 by disseminating informative videos which were posted online on the website of the institution as well as on AEP’s official Facebook and YouTube page.

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