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May 17, 2021
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ForMin Melescanu meets Michael Roth; Priority for Romania – deepening cooperation with Berlin

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu welcomed on Thursday Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth, on which occasion the head of Romanian diplomacy highlighted the special importance of the Romanian-German partnership and cooperation on topics of interest on the European agenda.

According to a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), Melescanu underscored that deepening the cooperation with Berlin represents a priority for Romania, especially “in the special context offered by the celebration, in 2017, of 25 years since the signing of the Romanian -German Friendship Treaty and the celebration of 50 years since re-establishing the diplomatic relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and Romania, as well as the 10th anniversary of Romania’s accession to the European Union (EU).”

In the context in which Germany is the first trade partner of Romania and one of its largest investors, Teodor Melescanu appreciated and encouraged the increased presence of German companies on the Romanian market and expressed interest for extending the cooperation in the area of professional training in dual system.

Furthermore, the head of the Romanian diplomacy highlighted the special importance of the Romanian-German partnership and cooperation on topics of interest that feature on the European agenda and reiterated “the priority that Romania grants to strengthening and revitalizing the European construction, based on some inclusive approaches and not through sacrificing the EU’s unity or creating a multiple speed Europe.”

 

Germany’s Europe minister Roth:Federal Gov’t relying on Romanian Executive to take society’s post-OUG 13 warnings serious

 

The German federal government relies on the Romanian ruling line-up to take in all seriousness the warning signals raised by a great part of the Romanian society after the moment OUG 13 and that it will work with Parliament in all subsequent stages regarding the reform of criminal law and the situation in penitentiaries, Germany’s European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said on Thursday.

Romania, backed by the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, has made impressive progress in the battle for the rule of law and against corruption. Against this backdrop, let me be very frank – OUG 13 issued at the end of January was a reason of concern for the German federal government and for many other international partners, affecting even their confidence in the Romanian government’s desire to firmly stay this course. We therefore share the worry, anxiety and astonishment of large swaths of the Romanian civil society, I am referring here to the people who took to the street and who rallied for Europe. This has impressively demonstrated the courage and commitment to fighting corruption, for a better rule of law, and – I would particularly emphasize this – for more Europe present in our lives. (…) It is probably the clearest sign of Romania’s success on the path towards an open, tolerant and pluralistic society. (…) This is the living democracy, the democracy experienced hands-on, something that does not go for granted all over Europe, and you can be proud of this. The federal government relies on the fact that the Romanian government takes these signals seriously and will work with Parliament in all subsequent stages regarding the reform of criminal law and the situation in penitentiaries, Germany’s Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth told the conference “Romania and Germany – New Opportunities for Europe” organized by the Romanian-German Bilateral Cooperation Forum on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty between Romania and the Federal Republic of Germany on friendly cooperation and partnership in Europe.

Roth added that a commitment towards a common European Union always implies sharing the common European values.

He also mentioned that in recent years German investors have created about 300,000 jobs in Romania and are seriously involved in the field of vocational training. The German official said that Romania and Germany trade relations have steadily increased since 2009 to currently more than 26 billion euro. Germany is Romania’s most important trading partner, Roth added.

The official also mentioned the important role played by the German community in Romania, as well as that of the Romanians in Germany, emphasizing their role as “bridge builders” between the two countries.

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