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August 15, 2022

German EconDev Minister Schulze, Maramures County Council Chair discuss new investment projects

German Minister of Economic Co-operation and Development Svenja Schulze met on Monday in Baia Mare local administration officials to discuss support for managing the flow of Ukrainian refugees, and also the possibility of new German investment in the county, according to the Maramures County Council Chair Ionel Bogdan.

On Monday, the German official payed a visit to Maramures County that included touring the Sighetu Marmatiei Border Crossing Point (PTF).

“I was honoured to welcome at the Maramures County Council Minister of Economic Co-operation and Development of Germany Svenja Schulze (…).Our conversation began with Germany’s support for Ukrainian refugees. At the same time, the flow of Ukrainian refugees crossing the border through the Sighetu Marmatiei Border Crossing Point, organised by public authorities and partner NGOs, was discussed. Another important subject today was the consolidation of a strategic partnership of collaboration between Maramures, Romania and Germany. The partnership will be beneficial to the implementation of investment projects, which will bring economic and social development and well-being to Maramures,” Bogdan said in a Facebook post.

He added that since 2021 he has had talks with representatives of the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry about attracting new investment to the county.

The agenda in Romania of the German high official included a visit to the Blue Dot centre for refugee children and families from Ukraine coordinated by UNICEF and local partners at the Sighetu Marmatiei border crossing area.

“Putin’s war against Ukraine has caused immeasurable suffering to women, men and children in Ukraine. Particularly children are suffering from the war. Many children are taking refuge with their mothers, but many are travelling without parents, alone or with other relatives, neighbours, or acquaintances. For these children, the UNICEF Blue Dot centres are an important shelter and a first point of contact. I want to thank the Romanian authorities, UNICEF staff and the many volunteers for their tireless personal commitment. Together we can overcome this challenge and support those who seek protection,” Schulze is quoted as saying in a press statement released by the German  Embassy in Bucharest.

Germany is the second largest contributor to UNICEF, with the Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) alone providing around 621 million euros in funding in 2021. At present, BMZ is providing another two million euros, with additional funding to enable children and young people, especially those traumatised by war and forced migration, to have access to psychosocial care.

“UNICEF-run Blue Dot centres provide support and protection, as well as essential services specifically for refugee children and their families (…). The Blue Dot centre in Sighet has been operating since March 1, 2022, and has since provided support to more than 5,000 people (40% of whom are children). A total of 26 such centres have been set up so far along the escape routes. Each centre can deal with between 3,000 and 5,000 people a day,” according to the German Embassy.


Photo: Facebook/Ambasada Germaniei in Romania

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