Romania’s and Spain’s Governments shall gather on Wednesday, in Castellon de la Plana, in a first joint meeting.
According to a release of the Government, alongside Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, Romania will be represented in the meeting by Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu, National Defence Minister Angel Tilvar, Minister of Development, Public Works and Administration Attila Cseke, Labour and Social Solidarity Minister Marius Budai, Minister of Health Alexandru Rafila and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea.
“The joint meeting of the Romanian and Spanish Governments marks a moment of increased symbolic value, from a double perspective. It is the first joint intergovernmental meeting, also foreshadowing the 10th anniversary in 2023 of the establishment of the Romanian-Spanish Strategic Partnership. Apart from being a strategic partner, Spain is also a close friend of Romania. Throughout the years, we have managed to build a relationship based on mutual trust, a substantial, dynamic political dialogue and a constructive and open approach,” Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca stated.
He highlighted the economic and sectorial cooperation of Romania and Spain, mentioning that both countries have similar approaches on several strategic files in EU and NATO context.
According to PM Ciuca, the bilateral ties are even closer due to the very strong, well-integrated and very active community of almost 1 million Romanians who contributes to the development of the Kingdom of Spain’s society and economy.
On the sidelines of the joint meeting, a series of memorandums of understanding shall be signed regarding sectoral cooperation in areas such as labour and social protection, political consultations in the area of foreign affairs, training of diplomats, culture, cooperation in emergency situations, agriculture and health.
PM Ciuca welcomed with military honors by President of the Spanish Government Pedro Sanchez
Romania’s Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca on Wednesday was welcomed with military honours in Castellan de la Plana, the venue of the first joint meeting of the national governments of Spain and Romania, by President of the Spanish Government Pedro Sanchez.
The ceremony held before the Palace of Congresses also included a photo op followed by a bilateral meeting of the two prime ministers.
At the same time, the ministers who accompany Ciuca in the official retinue of the Romanian government are scheduled to attend bilateral meetings with their Spanish counterparts.
Labour Minister Marius Budai will discuss with Spain’s Minister of Labour and Social Economy Yolanda Diaz Perez.
Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu will hold talks with Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation Jose Manuel Albares.
Defence Minister Angel Tilvar will meet his Spanish counterpart Margarita Robles Fernandez.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea is scheduled to meet Spain’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Luis Planas Puchades.
Minister of Development, Public Works and Administration Attila Cseke will meet Spain’s Minister for Territorial Policy and Government Spokesperson Isabel Rodriguez Garcia.
Health Minister Alexandru Rafila will participate in a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Carolina Darias San Sebastian.
At the end of the meetings, there is a plenary sitting of the government delegations during a working lunch, followed by a signing ceremony of several bilateral documents. Memoranda of understanding and co-operation will be initialled in the areas of labour, health, foreign affairs, culture, emergency management, and agriculture.
At the end of the joint governmental sitting, the two prime ministers will hold a news conference.
Ciuca will also meet members of the Romanian community of Spain.
Compiled from Agerpres