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French Ambassador Michele Ramis on a visit to Constanta: France and Romania, committed in strategic partnership for over 10 years. French Foreign Minister’s Bucharest meeting with anticorruption head Kovesi wasn’t secret. Emmanuel Macron plans to return to Romania “either this year or the next”

French Ambassador to Romania Michele Ramis expressed her support on Friday, in Constanta, for the signing of an industrial cooperation agreement in shipbuilding between Constanta Naval Shipyard and the Naval Group concern, stating that it reflects the strategic partnership spirit developed for over 10 years by the two countries.

“France and Romania have been committed in a strategic partnership for over 10 years which covers several fields, including that of defence. (…) What took place today represents the realisation of the cooperation intent between a French player in the shipbuilding sector, the shipbuilding world’s champion, and Constanta Naval Shipyard, so as to be able to submit a tender together in view of a long-term industrial cooperation which aims the construction here, in Romania, of ships and also technology transfer; the creation of jobs and export capacity. Here is the birthplace of an association both parties benefit from and this project has all the support of the French government and this is what I am here for,” the French Ambassador said.

The Managing Director of Constanta Naval Shipyard, Radu Rusen and the Deputy President for international development of the Naval Group French Consortium, Pascal Le Roy signed on Friday, in Constanta, the strategic partnership aiming to support a technical-economic and financial offer for the construction of multi-role corvettes of the Romanian Navy. The event was attended by the Ambassador of France in Bucharest, Michele Ramis and President of Romania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mihai Daraban.

 

“French Foreign Minister’s Bucharest meeting with anticorruption head Kovesi wasn’t secret”

 

French ambassador to Romania Michele Ramis stated in Constanta that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s meeting at the embassy’s Bucharest premises with Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi had not been kept under the cloak of secrecy.

What I would like to tell you is that this wasn’t a secret meeting, as it had been announced by the spokesperson of the Foreign Minister ahead of the latter’s arrival in Romania, so it was on the public agenda. It is customary for the minister to see various interlocutors during the visit and this meeting did take place, but I cannot tell you more – what its purpose was and what was discussed. This meeting was in a string of other institutional meetings, but it was made public, as the minister’s agenda – this meeting included – had been publicly announced before his arrival, ambassador Ramis said.

The diplomat’s statement comes just days after Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea obliquely referenced early this week the meeting saying: “I did not participate in the secret meeting between the [French] Foreign Affairs Minister and the DNA head – I assume it is diplomatically common for such meetings between a Foreign Affairs minister and a prosecutor in Romania to take place.”

 

 Emmanuel Macron plans to return to Romania “either this year or the next”

 

French Ambassador to Romania Michele Ramis announced on Friday that French President Emmanuel Macron plans to return to Romania, after the visit he paid last August, and this will happen “either this year or the next,” before the conclusion of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Ramis said she does not know the exact date of French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Romania, but she knows that the Head of State plans to pay another visit to our country either this year or the next.

“I don’t know the date of President Macron’s next visit to Romania, but I know he plans to return either this year or the next. As you know, the France-Romania Season will soon start, it will officially open in France, in December 2018, and will conclude in Romania, in July 2019,” the French ambassador stated.

She pointed out that Emmanuel Macron’s visit might take place before the end of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, namely next year, but without being able to point to an exact date.

“I’m yet to have the exact date, but it might take place before the end of the Romanian presidency,” Michele Ramis pointed out.

President Emmanuel Macron paid a visit to Romania on 24 August 2017, meeting President Klaus Iohannis and Premier Mihai Tudose.

It was the sixth visit of a French Head of State to Romania since 1989, the previous visit being paid by Francois Hollande in 2016.

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