On an official visit to Prague on Friday at the invitation of her Czech counterpart, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that the Czech Republic ranks 10th in the ranking of foreign investors in Romania, with over 1,000 companies in the country, adding that, within her meeting with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, she pleaded for “a substantial boost of the dialogue” between Romania and the Czech Republic at all levels.
“I pleaded for a substantial boost of the dialogue between Romania and the Czech Republic at all levels. I want to underscore the very good stage of the bilateral economic and commercial relations. At the end of 2018, the total volume of these relations reached 4.67 billion euro, which represents a record in relation to the previous years. There are over 1,000 Czech companies in Romania. Thus, the Czech Republic ranks 10th in the ranking of foreign investors in Romania. Romania ranks 15th in the ranking of Czech Republic’s trade partners. In this context, I want to especially encourage Romania’s companies to be more confident in the access opportunities of the Romanian products on the Czech market. I pointed out the necessity to expand the sectorial cooperation. I mentioned, in this context, the Romanian side’s availability to extend cooperation or, as the case may be, to work with the Czech side in numerous areas, with reference to digitisation, cyber security, energy security, encouraging the business milieu, as well as healthcare and agriculture,” PM Dancila told a joint news conference with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis, according to a recording posted on the Youtube page of the Romanian Government.
She added that Romania and the Czech Republic pay a special attention to some important files, such as the future of Europe, Brexit, migration, the multiannual financial framework, the EU enlargement, the Neighborhood Policy.
“I made known that Romania will participate, as partner state with a special status, in the 2019 edition of the “NATO Days in Ostrava” event, which will take place between 21 and 22 September. I discussed aspects regarding the contribution of the Czech minority of Romania, a very-well integrated minority in the Romanian society, as well as the contribution of the Romanian community living in the Czech Republic regarding the progress of the bilateral relations. They contribute to the strengthening of the confidence and respect climate between the two countries, facilitating the process of tightening business connections and supporting efforts to promote cultural exchanges. I have agreed with Mr Prime Minister to draw up an action plan that highlights the areas of future development of the bilateral relationship and we have established a working group coordinated at the government level. We tackled regional cooperation issues. A special place, I think, should be granted to the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region,” the Romanian Prime Minister added.
Meeting with Speaker Vondracek approaches ways to boosting parliamentary dialogue, increasing trade, investments
Romania’s Prime Minister had a meeting with Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic Radek Vondracek to discuss boosting bilateral parliamentary dialogue, increasing investments and the Czech Republic supporting Romania’s accession to the border-free Schengen area.
Dancila mentioned the good relationships between Romania and the Czech Republic based on common historical landmarks and on similar or convergent external actions.
The Romanian dignitary advocated for an intensification of the bilateral parliamentary dialogue at both high level and at the level of the working commissions and encouraged the participation of officials from the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic in the parliamentary actions organised under Romania’s presidency of the EU Council.
She pointed to an increase in bilateral trade, as well as of the Czech investment in Romania. She underscored the need to inform the Romanian business communities about the opportunities offered by the Czech market as well as to develop sectoral co-operation between Romania and the Czech Republic.
Dancila mentioned a rapid pace at which the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council started and is being unfolded, as well as the beneficial impact of the efforts regarding negotiations over active legislative files.
She pointed out that the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU supports the idea of inclusive development of the European Union that entails overcoming the East-West and North-South divisions, old/new member states divisions, designed to create a unitary space of competitiveness and cohesion across the whole Union. At the same time, she called the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 one of the key files of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Czech high-ranking official reaffirmed the Czech Republic’s support for Romania’s accession to the Schengen area.
The two officials voiced interest in co-operation in various regional formats, with Vondracek mentioning to the point the Visegrad format, and Dancila mentioning the Romania-Bulgaria-Greece-Republic of Serbia quadrilateral co-operation format.
Romania’s PM, Czech Senate President Kubera tackle efficiency of Czech-Romanian partnership, consolidation of economic relations
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met on Friday in Prague with President of the Czech Republic Senate Jaroslav Kubera. During the meeting the PM underscored the efficiency of the Romanian-Czech partnership and the concrete progresses recorded in strengthening the economic relations.
On this occasion, PM Viorica Dancila highlighted the efficiency and solidarity of the Romanian-Czech partnership and endorsed the opportunity to increase the frequency of the high-level contacts, but also of the parliamentary committees between the legislative bodies of Romania and the Czech Republic, according to a Gov’t press release.
The Romanian official mentioned the concrete progresses recorded in strengthening the Romanian-Czech economic relations and she especially referred to the volume of bilateral trade in 2018, which represents a record in relation to the previous years.
Prime Minister Dancila highlighted the importance of putting in some sustained efforts to strengthen the ties between the business circles of Romania and the Czech Republic, and showed the need to extend bilateral sectoral cooperation.
Moreover, the PM mentioned what are Bucharest’s expectations regarding the participation of the Czech Republic Senate’s representatives in the events, manifestations at parliamentary level within the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council.
PM Dancila also referred to Romania’s Presidency at the EU Council, highlighting the legislative projects that are close to completion or at an advanced negotiation stage at the level of the Council of the European Parliament.
She underscored the necessity of a strong and unitary Europe in all its dimensions – political, economic, social – without discriminations among its members on regional, economic-financial and social policies criteria. At the same time, Dancila defined the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework as one of the key files of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council, the Government release showed.