The Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu on Sunday participated in the opening of the newest official representation of Romania in Italy, the Consulate General of Romania in Bari, a release by the relevant ministry, MAE, informs.
The event was attended on Italy’s behalf by the mayor and deputy mayor of Bari, alongside the deputy prefect of the Bari province and the representative of the Puglia region’s president. Moreover, Romania’s ambassador in Rome said in his address sent to the event, a message from the Italian minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano.
In his word, minister Teodor Melescanu stressed that the opening of this consular office is a response to certain legitimate expectations of the Romanian community in Italy and is part of the preoccupations of the MAE of enhancing the Romanian state’s consular presence in areas with a significant weight of the Romanian Diaspora.
“The extension of the consular network is a main line of action of the Foreign Affairs Ministry requested by the considerable dimensions of the Romanians’ communities established abroad and subsequently by the unprecedented multiplication and diversification of the demand of consular services, assistance and protection that generates a significant pressure upon Romania’s diplomatic and consular offices,” Teodor Melescanu said.
The official opening of the Consulate General of Romania in Bari is the debut of a first stage of the extension of the consular network, a process including the operationalisation in the shortest time during 2018, of the Consulates General of Romania in Manchester, Stuttgart, Miami and Salzburg, after completing all of the logistic procedures. This extension approach comes after a 6-year period since the last consular office became operational in the EU space, also in Italy, in Catania. So, currently the Romanian consular network is placing itself second in dimension in the EU area, as compared to the other member states.
Parallel with this line of action, the MAE has kicked off a broad reform aiming to modernise and taylor to new realities all of the consular procedures and tools, such as: complete computerisation of the consular services (the E-Cons or Consular Integrated Computerised System), the MAE rapid response to 21st century’s challenges (MAE Crisis Cell) and the open, permanent dialogue with the Diaspora and the Romanian associative milieu from abroad.
Once this new consulate office opened, Romania’s consular representations in Italy jump to seven, the MAE adds.