The French companies are interested in cooperating and participating in the development of the Romanian companies listed in the Sovereign Fund for Development and Investments (FSDI), and the Pitesti-Sibiu motorway, one of the infrastructure projects sponsored through FSDI, is invoked by Renault-Dacia as a prerequisite for the evolution of car manufacturing, says the French ambassador to Romania Michele Ramis, according to a release by the Ministry of Economy.
The French diplomat met on Tuesday Economy minister, Mihai Fifor, with talks of the two officials focusing on the FSDI and the listed projects.
Fifor told the French dignitary that the concerns of the foreign companies regarding the new measures in the ruling programme are unsubstantiated. He stressed that the FSDI will benefit projects such as the Pitesti-Sibiu motorway, that is important for the Dacia Renault car maker.
“The motorway is a priority of our ruling and we are fast-forward working to draft the bill regarding the infrastructure, energy and defence special procurements. The motorway is one of the projects financed through the FSDI,” the Romanian dignitary explained.
During their meeting, the French ambassador congratulated the Economy minister on “the health and viability of Romania’s economy that sees positive growth,” adding that the French companies are keen to cooperate and participate in the development of the Romanian companies listed in the FSDI. The French diplomat also mentioned some cooperation projects between the French and Romanian defence industries.
“France is committed to supporting such industrial cooperation that will get involved in manufacturing and the establishment of locations in Romania,” Michele Ramis specified.
Mihai Fifor reminded the already existing cooperation between Airbus and IAR Ghimbav-Brasov for the manufacturing of H215 M multirole helicopter.
“Our intention is for IAR to become main contractor for any possible order for helicopters the Romanian state will launch for the aging fleet. Even if not in the scope of competence of the Ministry of Economy, the collaboration with Airbus could not be endangered, because the IAR project refers to multirole helicopters and not passenger transport aircraft,” the Economy minister added.
Senate Chairman Tariceanu, French ambassador Ramis discuss development of Strategic Partnership
Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu discussed on Tuesday with the new Ambassador of France in Bucharest Michele Ramis, expressing “openness to direct dialogue capable of ensuring the harmonious and sustainable development of the Romania – France Strategic Partnership.”
Senate head Tariceanu also hailed Emmanuel Macron’s presidential win, the election of the new Parliament and government of France, “voicing hope that the new decision-makers in Paris will further contribute to strengthening the European construction and will jointly identify the means for intensified bilateral cooperation, also under consideration of the process for the preparation and exercise by Romania of the Presidency of the EU Council,” a release informs.
The two officials also reviewed the short- and medium-term priorities on the agenda of bilateral activities, including the organization of the December 1, 2018 – July 14, 2019 Romania-France Cultural Season marking the festive celebration of the centennial of Romania’s unification; this will also be an occasion to highlight the Romanian – French alliance during WWI.
The French ambassador voiced support for intensifying cooperation in the line of cultural institutions and the enhanced development of bilateral economic relations with focus on the defence industry.
In his turn, the Senate Chairman emphasized the importance he attaches to “increasing the visibility of existing cultural cooperation between Romania and France, considering that by tradition this dimension has been the driving force for cooperation in other areas of mutual interest.”
Tariceanu also emphasized the importance the Senate attaches to the Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris, “an institution that will have a particularly important mission falling on it in the smooth unfolding of the component of next year’s Romania – France Cultural Season.”