DIPLOMACY

ForMin Melescanu welcomes Spanish counterpart Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo: Most serious consequence of Catalonia situation – ambiguous situation perpetuated. President Iohannis: Romania firmly supports Spain’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

The most serious consequence with regard to the events in Catalonia is “the ambiguous situation” being perpetuated, including for the Romanian citizens living in the region, Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu told a press conference on Wednesday alongside his Spanish counterpart Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo.

Asked how he envisages the situation of Romanians in Catalonia, the head of the Romanian diplomacy said that the results of the negotiations between the authorities who uphold the separation of this region of Spain and the authorities in the Kingdom need to be awaited, first and foremost.

“We will see what the results of the negotiations will be, and, depending on that, we will see to what extent there might be certain repercussions on them. Normally, the most serious consequence that might ensue is the perpetuation of “an ambiguous situation” which has a profoundly negative impact on the economy. To a great extent, Romanians make a living from the economic activity they carry out in Spain and other countries. It is currently the only issue that I consider the Romanian community might be up against,” Minister Melescanu said.

In his turn, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo, mentioned the importance of the Romanian community in Spain.

“To us, it brings great joy to see how they have integrated and have shown confidence in the Spanish economy, when we went through the crisis and they didn’t leave the country, they continued to contribute to its recovery and we are grateful to them,” the Spanish Minister said. He also highlighted that “there are already Romanian mayors in Spain and members of the local corporations.” “We witness Romania’s growth and we even admire it enviously. We want to contribute to this growth and we have volunteered to encourage our firms to support Romania’s growth and development as prosperous partner within the European Union,’ the Spanish minister underscored.

As a matter of fact, the two ministers signed, before the joint press conference, a Convention between the two governments regarding the removal of double taxation on tax income, a document with fiscal and economic relevance for the two countries’ citizens and entrepreneurs and that will complete the legal framework which aims to encourage the bilateral economic relations.

“We have expectations that there will be no negative repercussions on Romanians in Catalonia who make a decent living. The only repercussion that may occur is that the economic activity may deteriorate and that might affect Romanians, not just them, but any person working and living in Catalonia. The instability above mentioned is the worst that can happen. We see firms leaving Catalonia, we want to avoid that at any cost and that is why we call on Spanish authorities, we ask them not to allow the situation to prolong,” Minister Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo declared. The Spanish official actually said he will no longer go to Ukraine as he wants to be in Madrid when the results of negotiations are announced.

Melescanu mentioned that the Romanian and the Spanish officials currently work “on preparing the two governments’ joint meeting.” He reminded that the commercial exchanges between the two countries presently amount to 4 billion euro. “Madrid represents to us a model of respect of democratic values, of European values,” he affirmed.

Moreover, the head of the Romanian diplomacy emphasised that our country upholds Spain’s territorial integrity. “I wish to state, on this occasion, Romania’s firm support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Spain. Any one-sided independence declaration, any form it may take, lacks legal grounds and cannot generate any legal consequences,” Teodor Melescanu specified. Thus, he added, Romania expresses “full solidarity” with the Kingdom of Spain, “that is and will remain a valuable strategic partner of our country.”

 

Melescanu, Spanish counterpart Quecedo sign double-taxation agreement

 

Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu and his Spanish counterpart Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo in Bucharest on Wednesday signed an agreement between the two governments to avoid double taxation, a document deemed important in encouraging bilateral economic relations.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) says in a press statement that Melescanu had bilateral consultations with his Spanish counterpart as part of the latter’s official visit to Bucharest.

“The two ministers of foreign affairs signed an agreement between the two governments on the avoidance of double taxation, a document of fiscal and economic relevance to the citizens and entrepreneurs of the two countries that will round up the legal framework for encouraging bilateral economic relations,” says MAE.

The two ministers also agreed to intensify the frequency of consultations between the two foreign ministries and between other ministries in the period immediately ahead, with a view to organising a first joint meeting of the two national governments.

“Minister Teodor Melescanu mentioned the very important role of the Romanian community in Spain, including in the light of the significant contribution it brings to the economic development of this country and thanked his Spanish counterpart for the support extended for the integration of the Romanian community with the Spanish society. During the meeting, the head of the Romanian diplomacy reconfirmed its strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Spain and displayed full solidarity with the Spain, showing that Spain is and will remain a valuable strategic partner of Romania.”

The two foreign ministers also had an exchange of views on the current developments in Europe, with Melescanu underscoring the importance of the Romanian-Spanish cooperation inside the European Union.

“The Romanian official highlighted Romania’s firm European commitment and its desire to actively participate in the debate on the future of Europe, welcoming in the context the State of the Union speech given by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on the strategic vision on the future of Europe.”

Melescanu voiced support for the continuation of the EU enlargement process, advocating the union’s commitment to the Western Balkans region “whose security and stability is of direct interest to both Romania and the EU as a whole.”

“With regard to NATO cooperation, Melescanu emphasised the importance of strengthening the alliance’s measures to consolidate security in Europe and its presence on the eastern flank, reiterating Romania’s commitment to allocate 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for defence spending.”

The discussion also addressed the involvement of the two countries in international counter-terrorism efforts, including the joint initiative to create an international court against terrorism.

“Teodor Melescanu underscored Romania’s importance attached to its relationship with Spain, showing that keeping up the pace of the Romanian-Spanish dialogue is a priority that could further stimulate the bilateral relationship, including by identifying new opportunities for sectorial cooperation. At the same time, the substantive economic cooperation supported by the dynamic presence of Spanish companies in Romania, as well as by the volume of rising trade, which is close to 4 billion euros was highlighted,” according to MAE.

 

President Iohannis: Romania firmly supports Spain’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

 

President Klaus Iohannis welcomed on Wednesday at the Cotroceni presidential palace Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo, affirming on the occasion Romania’s unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Spain.

According to a Presidential Administration release, President Iohannis highlighted the excellent strategic partnership between the two countries, with the Spanish Minister fully sharing the same opinion.

“President Klaus Iohannis affirmed Romania’s unwavering support for Spain’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, underscoring, in the context of Catalonia developments, the need to respect the constitutional framework and the principles of international law. The President also pointed out that, in Romania’s vision, this is an internal problem of Spain and expressed confidence that the most suitable solutions will be found within this framework, to return to the Spanish constitutional order,” the release said.

The head of the Romanian state also expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Spanish authorities to facilitate the integration of Romanian citizens in the Spanish society, as they acknowledge the positive contribution of this community to the Spanish economy.

“In his turn, Minister Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo agreed that the integration of the Romanian community in Spain is a success story and pointed out that the Kingdom of Spain is glad to have this important community residing on its territory,” said the Presidential Administration.

President Iohannis underlined the need for the two countries to strengthen the upward trend of economic cooperation, as in the first half of 2017 trade was more than 7 percent up from the same period last year.

The two officials also praised the quality of bilateral cooperation in other areas, defence included, of their interaction within the European Union and NATO, and in the fight against terrorism, mentioning in this context the Romanian-Spanish project for the establishment of the International Court for Terrorism.

President Klaus Iohannis and Minister Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo expressed their confidence that through joint efforts, Romania and Spain will render the valuable strategic partnership of the two states even stronger,” the release said.

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