Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on an official visit to the Swiss Confederation said on Thursday that Swiss investors should be encouraged to come to Romania in as large a number as possible, adding that the government issue is not at all worrying.
“The economic aspects were a significant part of the dialogue I had with the President [of Switzerland, Guy Parmelin]. There are very important and very successful investments, Swiss investments in Romania, and the trend will continue. It is clear that in order to continue to be successful in this relationship, we need to encourage more investors. I can tell you that he is planning a delegation with an economic profile next year that he will lead to Romania to explore more opportunities for collaboration for Swiss companies, and I have strongly encouraged the President to organise such delegation. They will have my full support and the support of my colleagues to find the best ways to promote, and the government issue is not at all worrying. Romania has a government that goes on. The foreign minister is with me. The two foreign ministers had an excellent conversation. From this point of view, no worries,” Iohannis told a joint news conference with his Swiss counterpart Guy Parmelin.
Romania has recorded significant economic growth; Romanians living in Switzerland would find very good jobs
Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that Romania has recorded a significant economic growth, adding that the Romanians living in Switzerland would find well-paid good jobs in Romania.
“For Romanians living in Switzerland – and the vast majority of them are very well integrated here – I have only words of encouragement. Romania is moving forward, we have a significant, positive economic development and I am convinced that increasingly more people would find in Romania a job that is not only well paid, but also very good. I am encouraging them to explore the existing opportunities,” Iohannis told a joint news conference with his Swiss counterpart, Guy Parmelin.
He pointed out that Romania’s accession to the border-free Schengen area remains an objective of European policy.
“For free movement, it is obvious that to Romania being part of the Schengen area is still an objective of European policy, which for movement both ways is clearly a step forward,” Iohannis added.
An agreement between the European Union and Switzerland, he added, should be concluded as soon as possible, noting that Romania will be involved in encouraging dialogue on issues that remain unclear.
“It is true that the new agreement between the EU and Switzerland has not yet been signed and put into operation. It is obvious that there is a need to resume some aspects here, but we believe – we in Romania – that this agreement has to be concluded as soon as possible. We are also involved in encouraging dialogue on issues that remain unclear in order to finalise the agreement. The relationships between the union and Switzerland are so deep that it is in our interest that these things be resolved well. But our bilateral relationship with Switzerland is working very well. It is true that the second installment of Switzerland’s contribution to cohesion is still on standby. These are issues that need to be clarified between the union and Switzerland,” said Iohannis.
The chief of state pointed out that there are many areas in which Romania wants to collaborate with Switzerland.
“We discussed in more details the areas of education, the areas of cyber and cyber security, the areas of economic collaboration, and also research, innovation, where we have a very good potential for collaboration. We had an exchange of views on general issues, and migration also was a topic that we touched on and we want to collaborate in these areas,” Iohannis said.
We agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in fields such as research, innovation, digitalization, education, cyber security
President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday stated that he agreed with his Swiss counterpart, Guy Parmelin, to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in fields such as research and innovation, digitalization, education, cyber security, and he thanked him for Switzerland’s support to Romania in the process of accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
“I told him how much I appreciated the substantial Swiss investments in Romania, in both weight and added value. More than that, these investments bring the excellence of Swiss know-how to our country. They create jobs and encourage innovation, the adoption of new technologies, and friendly solutions for the environment. We agreed to further strengthen cooperation in sectoral fields of common interest as research and innovation, digitalization, education, cyber security. I also thanked Mr. President for Switzerland’s support to one of Romania’s foreign policy objectives – our accession to the OECD,” the head of state told the joint press conference held with his Swiss counterpart, Guy Parmelin.
Iohannis underscored that strengthening cooperation is necessary considering the situation created by the pandemic.
“Given that economic recovery and our societies’ returning to normal depends on the understanding of our inter-dependencies and coordinated efforts, I hailed, on the occasion of my dialogue with Mr. President, the upward trend recorded in the bilateral trade in 2020 and the first half of this year. This is as more remarkable as this pace has maintained during the entire period of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was very difficult,” said Iohannis.
The head of state highlighted that one of the engines of visibility and development of bilateral relations is represented by the Swiss contribution to European Union’s cohesion objective and voiced his appreciation for the results of the first tranche of this contribution, showing that it had a very good absorption rate in Romania, of more than 85 percent.
“Through it, we implemented projects in Romania in a series of very important fields: environment and infrastructure, promotion of the private sector, including by supporting the export capacity, social development, and human resources development. Romania’s desire is now to repeat this successful experience with the second tranche of the Swiss contribution. I hope that the programme will be kicked off as soon as possible, for it proved very beneficial both in terms of the bilateral relations and also in terms of Switzerland’s relationship with the European Union,” explained Iohannis.
He showed that, from Romania’s perspective, Switzerland remains a key partner of the Union adding he was sure that efficient modalities to advance this cooperation will be found very soon.
The discussions between the two officials also focused on the situation in the Western Balkans.
“We underscored the strategic importance of the region for the entire continent and, in this context, Romania’s support for the continuation of the expansion policy. We also discussed the difficulties and opportunities brought by the situation in the Eastern Vicinity and we agreed on the need to strengthen support for the states in the region so that they can consolidate their democratic foundations and successfully deal with the internal and external challenges they face,” said Iohannis.
Further on they approached the recent democratic developments in the Republic of Moldova.
“We highlighted the need to strengthen our external partners’ efforts to ensure the very necessary support to the new authorities in the Republic of Moldova. In this context, we discussed exploring together the possibility of developing such Romania-Switzerland joint initiatives to support the reforms on the agenda of the new government in Moldova,” said the head of state.
He brought to mind that Romania and Switzerland celebrate 110 years of diplomatic ties in 2021.
“This is a symbolic moment for the Romanian-Swiss relations and, looking back, I could see with much satisfaction during our dialogue the excellent level of bilateral cooperation at political, economic, and social levels,” said Iohannis.
Compiled from reports of Agerpres correspondent in Switzerland