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Romania’s PM Dancila meets Portuguese counterpart, says joining Schengen Area is Romania’s political priority

At a meeting on Wednesday with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa as part of an official visit to Portugal, Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated that accession to the Schengen Area continues to be a major political priority for Romania, extending thanks to Portugal for its constant support for Romania’s accession.

According to a press statement released by the Romanian government, the talks confirmed the interest of both countries in further developing their privileged relationship.

“In that regard, the two officials agreed to develop a roadmap for effective implementation of joint bilateral co-operation projects, as well as military, strategic and cyber security co-operation. They also hailed the excellent defence and security co-operation between the two countries voicing intention to deepen it with a view to capitalising on the special potential created by the successful F-16 programme in areas such as military equipment and technology research and cyber security.”

The government also points out that prospects for relaunching cooperation in road, rail and airport infrastructure were also discussed, given the successful projects made of the past conducted with partners in Portugal.

At the same time, the interest of both countries in maintaining a constant bilateral dialogue ahead of Romania’s taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019, given common ground a number of European files, such as Brexit, the Multilateral Financial Framework, economic and social cohesion, the implementation plan of the global strategy in the field of security and defence was emphasised.

During the talks, the two officials mentioned good cooperation in the existing multilateral formats, including the mutual support of candidacies.

Dancila voiced interest in having a joint working group set up to deal with the absorption of European funds in order to benefit from the experience gained by Portugal in this area.

The government also said that part of Dancila’s official visit a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed that allow the drawing of joint projects in the following areas: research, innovation and health: a memorandum on scientific collaboration for the implementation of the Extreme Nuclear Physics Infrastructure Project (ELI-NP) between Romania’s Horia Hulubei National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering and Instituto Superior Tecnico of Portugal; a co-operation agreement between the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Targu Mures and the University of Lisbon; a memorandum of understanding on health policies between Romania’s Ministry of Health and Portugal’s Ministry of Health.

 

PM Dancila after meeting Portuguese counterpart Costa: We’ll establish a working group in European funds area

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Wednesday, after the meeting that she had in Lisbon with her Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa, that a working group for the exchange of good practices in the European funds area will be established.

“We expressed our admiration for the manner in which Portugal managed the absorption of European funds and we even proposed the establishment of a working group for the exchange of good practices, so that Romania get to the same absorption percentage as Portugal,” PM Dancila stated in Lisbon, at a joint press statement with Antonio Costa, broadcast on the Government’s Facebook page.

Furthermore, Viorica Dancila mentioned that she talked with Antonio Costa about the bilateral relations between Romania and Portugal, as well as about intensifying the economic relations.

“We have talked about a better cooperation and about establishing a roadmap for an inter-governmental cooperation between Romania and Portugal, but also about boosting the relations at Parliament level. From an economic point of view, we had a sectorial approach, we talked about shared points, points for which we want to intensify the cooperation (…). Today we made a first step by signing some cooperation agreements in the research, innovation and healthcare areas,” Dancila stated.

Moreover, the Romanian PM thanked her Portuguese counterpart for the manner in which Romanians are treated in Portugal.

“I have thanked Mr Prime Minister for the manner in which Romanians are treated, the Romanian communities of Portugal, an approach that represents an example at European level,” Dancila also stated.

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