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Ambassador George Maior: Romania, involved in EU reconstruction projects and also US strategic partner

“Romania is a rising country, with the greatest economic growth in the European Union, a country involved in the EU’s reconstruction projects but also a strategic partner for the USA which takes its security commitments that derive from the NATO member quality seriously,” Romanian Ambassador to the US George Maior told the conference “Geopolitical Futures: Rising and Falling Powers. Separating Signal from Noise’, organised on Wednesday at Yale Club New York, informs the Romanian Embassy in Washington.

Romania’s Ambassador took the floor during the Power Shifts in Europe panel, moderated by George Friedman, president and co-founder of Geopolitical Futures.

George Friedman appreciated the significant role that Romania, alongside Poland and other states in the region can have for the security and prosperity of the area, highlighting the positive evolution of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe, characterised as constructing an emerging area of opportunities made up of rising powers.

Ambassador George Maior presented the positive economic trends in Romania, based on a solid economic growth, highly qualified labour force, complex digital infrastructure that generate significant investment opportunities in domain of major importance such as the energy and the information technology.

George Maior underscored the central role our country will play in the reform process of the community bloc, Romania also assuming “a substantial role in strengthening the European Union” and emphasised at the same time the importance of transatlantic relation and the strategic partnership with the United States in ensuring regional stability and security in the context of the risks and challenges on NATO’s eastern flank, as well as Romania’s efforts to increase resources allocated to defence, of 2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product in 2017, concurrently with the development of programmes of substantial military acquisitions.

The Romanian diplomat also pointed out that the North-Atlantic Alliance is based on the solidarity generated by article 5 of the Washington Treaty, underscoring the importance of the demarches meant to implement the decision of the NATO Summit in Warsaw regarding the strengthening of the defence and deterrence posture on the eastern flank of the Alliance, as well as ensuring the entire area from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.

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