Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu on Thursday participated in a video conference with his Danish counterpart, Jeppe Kofod, emphasizing on this occasion the need to step up economic cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs in a release.
The two top diplomats expressed interest in deepening Romania – Denmark cooperation and in stimulating the bilateral political-diplomatic and sectoral dialogue. Minister Aurescu stressed the need to further develop the economic cooperation between the two states, noting that there is a good potential to tap into, as Romania – Denmark trade exchanges increased last year despite the pandemic restrictions; Aurescu also expressed interest in intensifying sectoral cooperation in areas such as IT, hybrid threats and cybersecurity, including on the basis of the opportunities offered by the presence in Bucharest of the new EU Cybersecurity Competence Center.
As regards cooperation between the two states within the EU, the Romanian chief diplomat advocated strengthening the Union’s strategic resilience, with the sides agreeing that the two states should coordinate in promoting this concept, as well as in the process of elaborating EU’s Strategic Compass.
The two Ministers also agreed on coordinated action for the consolidation of the transatlantic relationship both countries strongly support, in the context of the new Washington Administration. Minister Aurescu presented the added value of the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Center that will be based in Bucharest, and invited Danish experts to join this platform to promote common relevant approaches and solutions. The Danish Foreign Minister voiced appreciation for this initiative.
Minister Aurescu also presented Romania’s assessment of the situation in the Republic of Moldova and pointed to the importance of political support, at European and international level, for the program of democratic structural reforms promoted by President Maia Sandu and for the pro-European course of this country, in compliance with the citizens’ legitimate expectations.
Minister Jeppe Kofod expressed the appreciation of the Danish authorities for the success of Romania’s COVID vaccination campaign, as well as for the solidarity shown by Romania towards the Republic of Moldova in the context of the health crisis, including by using the existing EU mechanisms.
The two dignitaries also looked at the key developments related to the Eastern Partnership and the protracted conflicts in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood and exchanged views on the situation in Belarus, agreeing on close cooperation in stopping human rights violations, holding accountable those guilty of such abuse, as well as firmly supporting the Belarusian civil society and independent media.
As regards developments in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the discussions revealed the interest of both sides in combined European efforts towards the efficient management of the consequences of the pandemic.