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PM Grindeanu welcomed by Austrian Chancellor

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu was welcomed on Tuesday by Christian Kern, Austria’s Chancellor, at the Federal Chancellery of Vienna.

Sorin Grindeanu was welcomed by Christian Kern in the Stone Hall of the Federal Chancellery.

Afterwards, the two officials will have a head-to-head meeting, in the Chancellor’s office, followed by a working lunch and a joint press conference.

Prime Minister Grindeanu and Chancellor Kern will discuss the intensification of bilateral cooperation on a political-diplomatic as well as economic level, taking into account that Austria is the second foreign investor in Romania, as such the commercial component is very important, official sources told AGERPRES.

According to the sources, another topic approached by the two officials will also be EU’s future and the consolidation of the European project, in the context in which Romania will take over from Austria the presidency of the Council of the European Union in early 2019.

On Tuesday afternoon, the PM will participate in a Romanian-Austrian business roundtable hosted by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), and will have bilateral talks with representatives of Austrian companies. The Romanian Prime Minister will meet representatives of the biggest Austrian investors in Romania, namely OMV, Uniqa, Strabag, Erste Bank and Holzindustrie Schweighofer, according to the sources.

Grindeanu’s visit to Vienna will end with a meeting with Lower Austria Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner on Tuesday evening, at the Palais Niederosterreich.

The Romanian Premier has arrived in Vienna on Monday night, at the head of a delegation made up of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor Melescanu, the Minister of Economy, Mihai Tudose, the Minister for the Business Milieu, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Alexandru Petrescu, and the Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Ana Birchall.

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