US Ambassador to Bucharest Hans Klemm came to Parliament on Tuesday for a meeting, which lasted approximately one hour, with Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea.
The meeting took place in the Speakers’ office. Also attending the meeting was Deputy PM for Implementing Romania’s Strategic Partnerships Ana Birchall.
Ambassador Klemm made no statements upon leaving, while accompanied by Ana Birchall.
The last time Dragnea met Klemm was on November 13, 2017 to discuss the Holocaust Museum.
Dragnea: Justice was not a topic on the agenda and I would’ve refused to discuss it had he mentioned it
House Speaker Liviu Dragnea has stated that the topic of the judiciary was not on the agenda of his meeting with U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm, and he would have refused to discuss it had the American diplomat mentioned it.
Asked whether the topic was not tackled at all during the meeting, Liviu Dragnea said: “No, it wasn’t on the agenda of the discussion and I want to tell you that, had he opened this subject, I would have refused to discuss it.”
Asked why, the House Speaker explained: “You’re probably referring to the discussion of the day, about the DNA. As long as neither I nor this institution is on the decisional chain, the institutional chain, he had nothing to discuss with me.”
“We addressed the development of the Strategic Partnership’s economic component, since I’m still dissatisfied with the fact that within this very important, vital to Romania Strategic Partnership with the USA, the military and national security component have been very well developed in the last year, which is very good for us, however, the economic component is poorly developed. Unfortunately, within this partnership, Romania hasn’t gained as much as it could have, economically speaking. There are other countries which have gained more – the investment component on behalf of certain US companies. And that was the main topic of our discussion,” the Chamber’s Speaker and national leader of the main ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, specified at the Parliament Palace.
“We have also talked about the situation inside the NATO and a little about the recent talks in Munich, at the very important NATO meeting, about our further commitment to develop the partnership in relation to the defence industry with our strong wish that within this cooperation, Romania’s defence industry evolves. And of course I was reassured that this wish is shared by the US side, too,” the Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker added.
As regards the investments’ development, Dragnea said they could focus on the cinema production in the next period.
“Yesterday I had a meeting with a vice president with the Universal Studios who expressed the desire to start making movies in Romania, which would be in our advantage financially speaking and not only. I told him we share total openness in this direction (…) I also told him I was to talk with the Prime Minister and the Culture Minister and that in two or three weeks’ time a team on their behalf would come to have a thorough discussion with the Gov’t and not only. It would be a good thing for us, I’ve talked about this with Mr. Ambassador Klemm, too, and the latter has had a discussion with the said Universal Studios VP this morning,” the PSD leader detailed.
Chamber of Deputies: Talks focused on deepening the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the U.S
“During their meeting on Tuesday, House Speaker Liviu Dragnea and U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm discussed the devising and implementation of a working plan to strengthen and deepen the strategic partnership between Romania and the U.S.,” reads a communique issued by Dragnea’s office.
According to the source, the meeting took place against the backdrop of a positive dynamic in bilateral relations, in the political-military and security fields, Romania being the first NATO country to earmark 2 percent of GDP for defence.
“The House Speaker emphasised that the Strategic Partnership with the US represents the pillar of Romania’s foreign and security policy. Our country registered the highest economic growth in Europe, while at the same time continuing to be a generator of security and stability, especially in our region,” the communique reads.