The President of the Bundesrat, Bodo Ramelow, starts a three-day visit to Romania on Monday, in Bucharest and Timisoara, with political discussions scheduled with the President of the Senate, Florin Citu, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, and Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, reads a release sent to Agerpres by the German Embassy in Bucharest.
The president of the Bundesrat (the upper house of the German Parliament) will also meet with students and the leadership of the University of Bucharest. On this occasion, the extension of the Erasmus cooperation agreements between the University of Bucharest and the Nordhausen Applied Science University, respectively the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, will be signed.
The high guest will also have an exchange of ideas with representatives of non-governmental organizations regarding the situation of Roma minority in Romania.
In western Timisoara, Bodo Ramelow will meet with Mayor Dominic Fritz and representatives of the Timis Prefecture and the County Council.
There are also planned a meeting with representatives of the German minority, participation in a cultural event organized by the twin cities of Gera / Altenburg and Timisoara and a visit to the German company Continental Automotive Romania.
The President of the Bundesrat travels together with an important delegation of businesspersons who will explore possibilities for deepening economic cooperation.
“It was my express wish to visit Romania – one of the youngest EU member states – during my mandate as President of the Bundesrat. Current events clearly show that a strong EU provides a good framework for positive developments in the Member States, even under more difficult conditions. Romania, as a country on the eastern external border of the Union, has a very special role in this respect, but which should be outlined more clearly, not only in terms of security policy. We, the Federal Republic of Germany and, in particular, the Free Land of Thuringia, want to continue to connect at European level in terms of economics, scientific and civil society and to accumulate new ideas and incentives. This visit will contribute greatly to this,” Ramelow was quoted as saying in the release.
According to the German embassy, Romania and Germany are celebrating this year 30 years since the signing of the Treaty of Friendly Cooperation and Partnership in Europe, and during this anniversary year the visits of senior German officials highlight the good relations of friendship between the two countries.