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President Iohannis: We want to revive Romanian-Bavarian joint governmental committee

President Klaus Iohannis on Friday said that Romania and the German land of Bavaria want to revive the Romanian-Bavarian joint governmental committee, with Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer saying that he accepted an invitation to visit Romania.

“I am very glad to see that we have managed together to discuss about important matters to our bilateral relation. We have also approached economic collaboration matters. (…) We both want to revive the Romanian-Bavarian joint governmental committee in order to facilitate very many common projects. Moreover, we have talked about means to reach a more intense economic activity, to encourage investors from Bavaria to come to Romania and Romanian companies to collaborate with partners in Bavaria,” Iohannis said, after a meeting with Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer.

He pointed out that a very important aspect of their discussion was the Romanian community of Bavaria.

“We have a sizeable local community, Romanians who wanted to live in Bavaria, but also very many German ethnics coming from Romania and choosing to live in Bavaria. All those who have decided to come to Bavaria and to keep the connection with the country are a specially important bridge between Romania and Bavaria and it is to our interest to support these communities,” Iohannis said.

In his turn, the Bavarian premier congratulated President Iohannis on Romania’s “outstanding achievements,” which he said were also praised by the European Commission.

“We have agreed to revive the excellent collaboration between Bavaria and Romania and we want to do it by resuming the activity of a joint governmental committee. (…) Mr. President invited me to Romania and I will accept the invitation,” Seehofer said.

Iohannis started a working visit to Germany on Wednesday. On Thursday, he met Chair of the Bavarian Parliament Barbara Stamm. Starting Friday, he will be attending the Munich Security Conference, where he will be the keynote speaker of a panel on NATO’s future.


“The Black Sea should become a strategic zone”

The Black Sea should become a zone of strategic importance, Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said Friday in Munich.

“Since I am here in Munich to attend the Security Conference, I presented our approach that I will also mention in my speech to the Security Conference that the Eastern flank is important to NATO, an area where Romania is playing an important part and wants to play an important role in providing security for the zone. I also warned about the importance of the Black Sea and the Black Sea zone, which is not important to Romania only, but which should be of importance to the entire region and NATO, and that it should become a zone of strategic importance,” Iohannis told a joint news conference with Premier of the Bavarian land Horst Seehofer, after a one-to-one meeting with him.

He added that a very tough issue he discussed with the Bavarian official is the ongoing migration crisis, which he says strikes Bavaria more that it does Romania.

“I reiterated on the same occasion our opinion that Romania wants to display solidarity, to be part of the solution and it does not want to complicate things. On the other hand, I reiterated that the consolidation of the EU’s external borders is very important and that the existing migration flow should be better regulated,” said Iohannis.

Iohannis started a working visit to Germany on Wednesday. On Thursday, he met Chair of the Bavarian Parliament Barbara Stamm. Starting Friday, he will be attending the Munich Security Conference, where he will be the keynote speaker of a panel on NATO’s future.

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