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Romania’s PM Dancila meets Portugal’s President Sousa, suggests roadmap to stimulate co-operation projects

On an official visit to Portugal on Thursday, Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to suggest the development of a roadmap as a working tool and a means of stimulating co-operation projects between Romania and Portugal.

According to a press statement released by the Romanian government, the two dignitaries expressed satisfaction with the current level of bilateral relations at both political and sectoral level, laying special emphasis on the excellent level of defence cooperation.

“The head of the executive voiced a desire to intensify co-operation in areas considered priority by both countries. To that end, she put forth a proposal to develop a roadmap as a working instrument and a means of stimulating co-operation projects between the two countries.”

At the same time, the two officials conducted an analysis of the current developments and political prospects in Europe, voicing similar positions on the need to deepen European integration in an inclusive manner.

“Negotiations over the new Multi-Annual Financial Framework, Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy were brought forth, including from the perspective of the architecture of European relations after the election to the European Parliament in 2019,” according to the government.

Dancila is also quoted as underscoring the importance of returning to the foundations of the European construction to rebuild citizens’ trust, a principle that will underpin the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, along with the need to consider the major priorities of the European Union, such as security and migration.

She thanked Sousa for Portugal’s constructive attitude towards the integration of the local Romanian community.


Viorica Dancila attends inauguration of Romania-dedicated plaza in Estoril, thanks Portuguese authorities for friendship to Romanians


During her official visit to Portugal, Premier Viorica Dancila also participated in the inauguration of a plaza dedicated to Romania in Estoril, thanking on the occasion the Portuguese authorities for the friendship shown to the local Romanian community, the government said in a release on Thursday.

Viorica Dancila attended on Wednesday the inauguration ceremony for the Largo da Romenia plaza in Estoril, Cascais municipality of Lisbon.

“The event was an occasion to highlight the privileged relation between the two countries which are connected by centennial-long diplomatic relations, cultural and historic ties, and which are working together to relaunch their future relations,” the release states.

The head of the government expressed hopes that Romania and Portugal “will further improve their relations as close partners and active EU members driven by joint aspirations, interests and visions regarding multiple common important files.”

Premier Dancila also thanked the Portuguese authorities and extended personal thanks to Cascais mayor Carlos Carreiras “for the openness shown to Romania and the friendship shown to the Romanian community in Portugal,” the release states.

According to the government, Cascais, which celebrates this year its 650th anniversary, also accommodates a school of the Romanian community and has started negotiations for a twinning agreement with the Romanian mountain resort of Sinaia.

The government said that particularly in the year of the Great Union Centennial, Cascais and Estoril are of special interest to Romania, given that many Romanian personalities have lived here: writer and philosopher Lucian Blaga, religion scholar, philosopher and writer Mircea Eliade, writer Elena Vacarescu and King Carol II.

The round hardscape plaza dedicated to Romania is located at the heart of Estoril, next to Hotel Palacio (1930), one of the most prestigious locations in Europe that has hosted heads of state and diplomats who have designed post-war Europe, the release states.


“Expansion of partnership on research enjoys Gov’t’s full support”


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, on an official visit to Portugal, affirmed in the context of the signing of a memorandum between “Horia Hulubei” Institute and Champalimaud Foundation, that the expansion of the Romania-Portuguese partnership on research enjoys the full support of the Government.

According to a press release of the Gov’t issued  on Thursday, premier Viorica Dancila visited on Wednesday the seat of the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, one of the most prestigious research centres in Europe.

The Executive specifies the visit took place in the context of the signing of the Understanding Memorandum in the scientific research field between Romania’s Horia Hulubei National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering and the Champalimaud Foundation.

On this occasion, premier Dancila stated that “the signing of the cooperation document between the two renowned institutions contributes to the expansion of the Romania-Portuguese partnership concerning research and innovation activities, enjoying the Romanian Government’s full support,” the release further reads.




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