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ForMin Melescanu pleads for EU differentiated approach in relation to Eastern Partnership states

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu participated in Warsaw on Wednesday in the meeting of foreign ministers of Visegrad Group states with the states of the EU Eastern Partnership, where he pleaded for a differentiated approach in the EU relations with the Eastern Partnership countries, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs.

According to a press release, the approach should take into account the political will and the proven concrete progress, as well as the aspiration level of each state, based on the new lines of action established under the European Neighbourhood Policy.

According to MAE, Melescanu underscored during the discussions the need of maintaining the strategic political objectives of the Eastern Partnership, at the same time with speeding up the achievement of some impact projects for the citizens in the partner states.

“In the Summit of Brussels, the focus must lay on the concrete fulfillment of some pragmatic objectives, meant to create economic and social synergies of the Eastern Neighbourhood with the EU space. It will thus speed up the achievement of the main goal of the Eastern Partnership – the creation of a space of stability and prosperity, peace and democracy – mainly by continuing the reform process in the partner states, both though implementing the Association and Free Trade Agreements, in the case of the three states that have already been enforcing them (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine), and through other provisions adapted to the needs and specifics of the others (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus),” the release shows.

On the sidelines of the meeting in Warsaw, Minister Melescanu had a series of bilateral meetings with counterparts of the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, Belarus and Poland.

“During the meeting with the Deputy PM, Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Andrei Galbur, the two reviewed the stage of the collaboration actions on a bilateral level and had an opinion exchange on the best cooperation modalities between Romania and Moldova within the Eastern Partnership,” the release adds.

With Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze, Melescanu discussed the stage and prospects of the bilateral relations, the cooperation between Romania and Georgia on the NATO and EU dimensions, with a highlight on capitalising on the instruments provided by the Eastern Partnership, as well as topical issues of the regional agenda.

The bilateral relations were a discussion topic, too, in the meeting of the Romanian chief diplomat with Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, with an emphasis laid on the capitalisation of the opportunities in the economic area, as well as the stage of the EU-Belarus dialogue.

“During the meeting between Teodor Melescanu and his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski, the two officials voiced satisfaction on the very close bilateral cooperation between Romania and Poland, strategic partners on a regional, European and transatlantic level. The two ministers approached several common interest topics where there are convergent positions, mainly the collaboration of the states in NATO’s eastern flank on the Bucharest (B9) format and the transatlantic cooperation. Furthermore, they also reviewed topical aspects on the Eastern Neighbourhood and current files on the EU agenda,” MAE points out.

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