Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Friday at the Romanian Government House that talks with visiting Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic highlighted the “good level of bilateral relations and the dynamic of the Romanian-Croat dialogue at all levels,” and the fact that there is excellent co-operation potential between Romania and Croatia in areas such as education, home affairs, minorities, defence and agriculture.
“We have reviewed the bilateral relations and agreed that the impressive number of visits in 2017 and the first half of 2018 are a natural consequence of the harmonious way in which the bilateral dialogue unfolds. In our conversations, I have emphasised together with Mr. Plenkovic the importance we attach to co-operation between our countries at the politico-diplomatic level, as well as the desire to intensify economic and sectoral cooperation. We agreed that there is excellent cooperation potential in areas such as education, domestic affairs, minorities, defence, and agriculture,” Dancila told a joint news conference with her Croatian counterpart.
She added that the importance of co-operation in the field of tourism was also emphasised during the discussions.
She mentioned that during the official talks a good level of trade was underscored.
“We have been pleased to note that trade in the year 2017 advanced 25 percent, which is not accidental given the efforts made last year to intensify the trade relations,” Dancila said.
The discussion also highlighted the importance of the bilateral relationship between Croatian minorities in Romania and the Romanian community in Croatia, Dancila said.
“Also, a Declaration of intent was signed between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Croatia on bilateral defence co-operation aimed at strengthening co-operation in this area between the two countries,” added Dancila.
According to her, another part of the discussions focused on co-operation in a European context and from the perspective of the two countries’ membership in the Trio of the Presidencies of the Council of the European Union, with Romania and Croatia holding this office for the first time since joining the EU.
Regarding the multiannual financial framework, Dancila reiterated Romania’s full availability for constructive reporting at the next EU Council level negotiations, as well as channeling efforts towards “substantial advancement of negotiations under the Council presidency term to allow for a timely political agreement in this file.”
“Together with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, I agreed that the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy remain the main investment priorities in the future budget,” Dancila said.
She mentioned that during the talks she emphasised that Romania is attaching “priority attention” to the relationship with Moldova and is acting consistently in support of the country’s committed reforms, offering consistent support at diplomatic level.
“With regard to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), we emphasised that Romania will continue to promote the Danube as an important transport corridor between Western and Eastern Europe. It is very important to create a favorable framework for increasing the volume of goods transported along the Danube established within EUSDR, ensuring all the necessary conditions for this purpose,” Dancila said.
Another topic of discussion, she said, was the Western Balkans.
The Declaration of Intent between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Croatia on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the areas of defence and security was signed by Romanian Minister of Defense Mihai Fifor and Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic, in the presence of the two prime ministers.
Croatia’s PM Plenkovic started visit to Romania by attending PM Dancila’s working dinner
PM Andrej Plenkovic started his official visit to Romania on Thursday evening, by attending a working dinner organised by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.
According to a release of the Government, also invited to the working dinner offered by the Romanian Prime Minister in honor of the high official from Zagreb were all the members of the Executive in Bucharest.
“The Croatian official’s visit takes place in the context of intensifying the bilateral relations over the past years, as well as taking into account the membership of both states to the same Trio of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The main goal of the meeting is strengthening the co-operation on a political and economic level, as well as identifying new areas of cooperation at sectorial level,” the quoted source mentions.
The Croatian PM’s visit shows the desire to strengthen and diversify the cooperation as partner states in the EU and as allies inside NATO on the main topics of shared interest of the regional and European agenda, according to the release.
Croat PM: Statement of intent on cooperation in defence to contribute to enhanced defence of Croatia and Romania
Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic on Friday stated, after his meeting with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, that the signing of the Statement of Intent between the two governments regarding their bilateral cooperation in the defence and security field will contribute to the enhanced defence of Croatia and Romania.
“I want to say a warm hello and to thank Mrs. Prime Minister, my dear colleague, who is now in this office, after we were MEPs in the EP together for a while. The fact that we are here proves also our intention to have the best bilateral cooperation between Romania and Croatia and an open dialogue at ministers and ministries level. We also must confess that we haven’t had such a constructive dialogue in the past while,” the Croatian Prime Minister told a joint press statement with Viorica Dancila.
Andrej Plenkovic referred to the statement of intent signed between the two governments, as well as the increase recorded in the trade exchanges to 310 billion euros.
“We are especially glad of the increase in the trade exchanges which reached 310 billion euros, and also about the statement of intent concluded between the Romanian and Croatian governments on the consolidation of our bilateral relation in the defence and security field that we signed together, (…) and which, certainly, will contribute to an enhanced defence of our states,” said the Croatian official.
He mentioned that an important role in the bilateral relations between Romania and Croatia is played by the Croatian minority in Romania and the Romanian minority in Croatia, respectively.
“We are also glad that in the bilateral relations between Romania and Croatia an important role is played by the Croatian minority in Romania and the Romanian minority in Croatia, respectively. The Croatian minority in Romania is one of the oldest minorities that Croatia has abroad, and this minority kept its national identity for more than 600 years. Therefore, I want to thank Mrs. Prime Minister for the existence of the political representative of the Croatian minority in the Romanian Parliament, and at the same time for the access to education that the Croatian children had, by which they kept their identity and culture. At the same time, we are making all the efforts so that Romanians living in Istria to represent a cultural added value that significantly contribute to our culture, alongside the other 22 minorities in Croatia,” said Andrej Plenkovic.
The Croatian Prime Minister mentioned hat at the meeting with PM Viorica Dancila they also approached political topics regarding the rotating presidency of Romania of the Council of the EU.
Croatia and Romania support the neighbouring states in their process of accession to EU and NATO, Andrej Plenkovic also said.
“We are converging both Croatia and Romania to give the necessary support to the neighbouring states with respect to the EU and NATO accession. Another common topic was related to the Danube, for we want to significantly improve this corridor, to allow us an advanced economic and commercial cooperation. I also brought to mind the Initiative of The Three Seas, which will help Romania and the Black Sea, Finland and the Baltic Sea and Croatia and the Adriatic Sea to improve their collaboration on this segment,” said the Croatian PM.
He also referred to the accession to the Schengen Zone.
“Another criterion is both Romania and Croatia’s interest in the Schengen Zone, and I believe that we have reached an advanced stage, or maybe even met all the technical criteria that make us both eligible for accession. I informed Mrs. Prime Minister with respect to the initiative that Croatia adopted last week, it is about the adoption of the euro currency, a second key matter in meeting the objectives in the EU,” said the Croatian official.
In the end, the Croatian PM mentioned that he invited PM Viorica Dancila to pay a visit to Croatia as soon as possible.
Croatian Prime minister Plenkovic’s meeting with President Iohannis emphasizes the excellent level of the political bilateral dialogue
President Klaus Iohannis on Friday welcomed the Prime minister of the Government of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, on the occasion of the official visit the latter is paying to Romania, the meeting focusing on topics on the bilateral, European and regional agenda, a release by the Presidential Administration informs.
The president emphasized ‘the excellent level of the political bilateral dialogue, characterized by an intense agenda of meetings at all levels that is substantiating the similitude of viewpoints regarding the topics addressed.’
Moreover, President Iohannis and Premier Plenkovic stressed the importance of enhancing the economic cooperation that will allow the two economies to reach the development potential based on complementarity.
As for the sectoral cooperation, the two high officials highlighted the prospects of the bilateral cooperation in defence and tourism.
President Iohannis emphasized the bridging role between the two countries played by the Romanian minority living in Croatia and the Croatian minority residing in Romania, stressing the importance of protecting the rights of the persons belonging to the minorities and language communities in the two countries. Prime Minister Plenkovic hailed the behaviour towards the Croatian minority in Romania, offering as example the representativeness the latter enjoys in Romania’s Parliament, an aspect also characteristic to the Croatian legislative, the release adds.
Moreover, Iohannis and Plenkovic advocated the significance of a tight Romanian-Croatian coordination from the point of view of the holding, for the first time for both countries, of the Presidency of the Council of the EU within the same Trio, alomgside Finland.
At the same time, the two high officials hailed the outcome of the EU-Western Balkans Summit, that took place in Sofia on 17 May, which offered the opportunity to reiterate the importance of the Western Balkans region to the EU, as well as the necessity to strengthen the cooperation with the region’s partners, by promoting the connectivity projects, inclusively. President Iohannis also hailed the organization of the next EU-Western Balkans Summit during the Croatian Presidency of the EU Council.
The two high dignitaries have had a exchange of opinions in connection with the moves of the two states for the Schengen membership, also approaching the challenges linked to migration and the ways to manage the consequences of this phenomenon, the release says.
Andrej Plenkovic informed about Croatia’s demarches to enter the eurozone, targeting the membership of the ERM2 in 2020.
‘Starting from obstacles that persist at the Digital Internal Market’s level, Romania’s president stressed the need to continue the efforts to father a real, free of barriers Internal Market of the Union, to encourage the investments, the release adds.
As regards the regional level, the two dignitaries emphasised the very good collaboration in implementing the EU Strategy for the Danube and in promoting the Three Seas Initiative. The Croatian Prime Minister hailed Romania’s efforts to organize in good conditions the Summit of the Three Seas Initiative due in Bucharest and gave assurances with regard to his government’s support in attaining the proposed goals, the release says.