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Minister-delegate Birchall working visit to Madrid; discussions with Spanish dignitaries regarding EU future and Brexit

Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall paid a working visit to Madrid, on Thursday and Friday, context in which she discussed with several Spanish dignitaries about the future of the European Union (EU), Brexit and about asylum and migration policy.

According to a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), Ana Birchall met with State Secretary for European Affairs with the Spanish Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Ministry Jorge Toledo Albinana and with Chair of Spain Parliament’s Joint Committee on the European Union Soraya Rodriguez and Director of the EU Satellite Centre (EU SatCen) Pascal Legai.

The meetings’ agenda featured topical issues both on a European level, such as the future of the Union, negotiations regarding Brexit, asylum and migration policy, post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, cohesion policy and common agriculture policy, European policy in the EU and Monetary social/social pillar area, European Neighborhood Policy, as well as aspects connected to preparations for Romania to take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU,” the release mentions.

According to the quoted source, within the meeting with State Secretary for European Affairs with the Spanish Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Ministry Jorge Toledo Albinana, Ana Birchall highlighted the necessity of balanced approaches, with preservation of policies that add value to the EU and to all European citizens. “It’s extremely important to preserve the cohesion and common agricultural policy in the center of the European project and in the post-2020 perspective,” Birchall stated.

Furthermore, the Minister-delegate reconfirmed Romania’s commitment to actively contribute to the debates regarding the future of Europe. Moreover, she underscored the importance of maintaining some solid and constructive approaches, based on preserving the European cohesion and the EU’s fundamental values, including in the context of Brexit.

According to the MAE, in the meeting with Soraya Rodriguez opportunities of strengthening the cooperation in the area of European affairs on the parliamentary dimension were tackled.

“Romanians represent the largest foreign community in Spain, with almost one million members, who are respected and appreciated for what they do. Moreover, the community of Romanians in Spain is the largest contributor to the Spanish social insurance system and positively contribute to the Spanish economy through activities carried out in various sectors,” Birchall mentioned.

On Thursday Ana Birchall was welcomed by Director of the EU Satellite Centre (EU SatCen) Pascal Legai and met with Romanian specialists who carry out their activity in the center. On this occasion, the Minister showed openness for deepening the cooperation between Romania and SatCen, including on the educational and vocational training component.

Minister-delegate Birchall also had a meeting with Christian Orthodox Bishop Timotei of Spain and Portugal. “We will collaborate with the Orthodox Church and with other social partners so that the country project of Romania’s presidency to the Council of the EU be successful,” Ana Birchall also stated.

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