Foreign Minister Teodor Meleccanu and Chairman of the Union of Honorary Consuls in Romania Andreas Huber signed a co-operation protocol on Tuesday, which main objective is to intensify dialogue, co-operation and mutual support in the area of public, cultural and economic diplomacy.
At the signing ceremony, Melescanu underscored the importance of strengthening the economic dimension of Romanian foreign policy and the need to continue developing organisational dialogue with members of the corps of foreign honorary consuls accredited in Romania.
“Given the objective that you have pledged, as honorary consuls in Romania, to promote and encourage relationships between Romania and the countries you represent, taking into account the special efforts that you have deployed so far, I believe that signing this protocol is really a recognition of your activity,” said Melescanu.
He mentioned that Romania has 186 honorary consuls abroad accredited, while 85 foreign honorary consuls carry out their activity in Romania.
Melescanu also reiterated the efforts made by the MAE in the context of the consular reform process carried out in recent years, by completing the process of digitisation of the consular activity and by implementing the E-Cons Integrated Consular Information System.
“I want to emphasise that, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the context of the wider consular reform that is has carried out over the last years through its specialist department, tried to use its consular activities even more and more directly,” he said.
In his turn, the Chairman of the Union of Honorary Consuls in Romania, Andreas Huber, expressed his hope that the conclusion of this protocol will encourage co-operation with MAE both in the cultural and the economic field.