ROMANIAN DIASPORA

Minister for Romanians Abroad Intotero presents Greek officials measure package to support Romanians abroad

Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia-Elena Intotero who recently paid a working visit to the Hellenic Republic, had a series of meeting with Greek officials, whom she presented, among others, the package of measures that the Romanian state took in order to support the Romanians abroad, a press release sent to AGERPRES on Monday informs.

According to the release, Natalia-Elena Intotero met on 6 July with central and local authorities of Athens, namely with members of the Greek Parliament, Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Terens Quick, Secretary General for Greeks Abroad Mihalis Kokkinos and Vice-Mayor for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralisation of Athens Elefterios Papagianakis, the meetings being a good opportunity to discuss the relationship between the two states, as well as about the ways in which they can support each other in the area of emigration issues, with both having a considerable diaspora.

“Minister Intotero told the Greek official about the recent legislative amendments brought by the Ministry for Romanians Abroad [MRP] to the Law No.299/2007 on the support granted to Romanians abroad. Moreover, she thanked the Greek side for the availability and support offered to the establishment of the Romanian language lecturer’s office within the Dimokritos University in Komotini city and for the accreditation in Greece of the Romanian Archeology Institute of Athens. In this regard, Minister Intotero also asked for the Greek side’s support for introducing the Romanian language courses in Greek schools, as well as for creating a second Romanian lecturer’s office in Greece,” the release of the MRP shows.

Terens Quick expressed his openness and appreciation in support of the MRP initiatives dedicated to endorsing the Romanian associative environment of the territory. In this respect, the Romanian official invited the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister to the ARC camps, which takes place this year at Oglinzi and Sulina, underlining that, exactly during this period, there are children of Romanians residing in Greece.

The Romanian dignitary discussed with Secretary General for Greeks Abroad Mihalis Kokkinos about the measures that the Romanian state implements in order to encourage the social-professional return and reintegration of the Romanians in the country, together with the ones dedicated to supporting their integration. In addition, Minister Intotero presented to the Hellenic officials a package of measures developed by the MRP for informing and protecting the rights and freedoms of Romanians living abroad, including, among others, the National Campaign “Home information! Security around the world!.”

“Taking into account that such a large number of Romanian tourists pass through Greece each year, but also considering that at the 2011 census, the Romanian community was the third largest foreign community of Greece, during the meeting with Eleftherios Papagianakis, the Minister tackled topics such as the correct information of our citizens regarding Greece’s national legislation, including practical issues such as those regarding the Traffic Code. As these useful pieces of information are updated, they will be sent in due time to the Romanian citizens through the communication channels of the Romanian Embassy in Athens and the MRP so that the information be disseminated,” the release mentions.

Finally, the Romanian official proposed that a street of Athens be given the name of writer Panait Istrati and a joint decision is to be taken in Bucharest as a way of good cultural exchange between the two capitals.

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