Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu on Monday and Tuesday paid an official visit to Estonia, at the invitation of his Estonian counterpart Sven Mikser.
In a press statement released on Tuesday, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) says the schedule of Melescanu’s visit included meetings with Estonia’s Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Parliament Chairman Eiki Nestor, consultations and a working lunch with Estonia’s Foreign Minister Sven Mikser.
Melescanu also opened the Romanian Embassy in Tallinn and visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE).
“The opening of the Romanian Embassy in Tallinn is a symbolic moment in the history of the relationships between Romania and Estonia initially established in 1924 and resumed on September 13, 1991, when Romania recognised the new sovereign Estonian state. The event occurred after the opening of Estonia’s Embassy in Bucharest in November 2016. For the first time in the history of the relationships between Romania and Estonia two diplomatic missions, one each in the capital cites of the two countries, will be operating simultaneously,” says MAE.
In his conversions with the Estonian officials, Melescanu highlighted the excellent ties between the two countries and the similitude of opinions on most of Europe and the world’s current affairs files.
The Romanian chief diplomat extended to the Estonian prime minister and the chairman of the Estonian Parliament invitations from their Romanian counterparts to visit Romania in the period immediately ahead.
“Both parties agreed that the economic ties between the two countries enjoy a significant development potential, with the Romanian minister saying that boosting the commercial exchanges between the two countries is one of the main objectives of the newly-opened Romanian Embassy in Tallinn. At the same time, tourism and cultural exchanges were identified as areas where Romanian-Estonian cooperation could become more dynamic,” adds MAE.
Melescanu also highlighted Romania’s interest in Estonia’s experience with e-government and in exchanging good practices, while also emphasising Romania’s interest in public sector digitisation.
“Talks with the Estonian officials also focused on the priorities of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union – second half of 2017 – and of the future Romanian presidency – first half of 2019. Minister Melescanu conveyed Romania’s support for the objectives of the Estonian presidency, hailing cooperation between the two countries in preparing for holding the six-month rotating presidency for their first time,” says MAE.
Melescanu also underscored the importance of cooperation between the two countries on themes of shared interest, such as the future of the EU, Brexit and EU’s internal security.
“The senior officials reiterated the importance attached by Estonia to the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and discussed the next summit of the Eastern Partnership to be held this November, emphasising the need for ambitious and pragmatic objectives being set benefitting the citizens of those countries. Talks also highlighted joint support for Moldova’s European journey as well as the importance of Moldova continuing its reforms and the consolidation of the rule of law,” adds MAE.
The latest developments in the Western Blanks were also discussed, with emphasis on the importance of stability and security being kept in the region’s countries, on the enlargement process continuing as well as of support continuing for reform implementation.
Likewise, the importance of the trans-Atlantic relationship and cooperation inside NATO were underscored, with a shared interest in the consolidation of NATO’s presence on its eastern flank being on display.
On a tour of the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Melescanu underscored the significant part played by diplomacy in the area of cybersecurity alongside the relevant organisations, and voiced Romania’s interest in joining CCDCOE in the near future as a sponsoring nation.
Taking part in CCDCOE activities is said in the statement will bring mutual advantages to Romania and the centre alike, as Romania will stand to benefit from cybersecurity expertise and the centre will share the added value of Romanian experts.