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Monday, 03 December

Official visit to the Republic of Croatia – Participation in the opening of the Central European Initiative Summit(CEI), in Zagreb

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended the opening of the Central European Initiative Summit

 

On Monday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated in Zagreb in the opening of the Summit of the Heads of Government of the Central European Initiative(CEI) Member States.

The core theme of the CEI Summit was strengthening regional security and the economic development promotion, in support of the region's connection to the European values and practices. More specifically, the participants approached the topic of interconnecting the CEI member states in order to achieve sustainable regional development and support the European path of the aspiring or candidate countries in the region, as well as the impact of the provocative actions of some third parties on the security of the area.

The Romanian Prime Minister congratulated her Croatian counterpart for the latter's success in exercising the CEI presidency this year and hailed the importance attached to essential topics, such as: energy efficiency, European integration and competitiveness.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced that Romania is forthright with its preparations for the takeover of the first rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, context in which the continuation of enlargement with the Western Balkans states is a priority. The Romanian Prime Minister added that Romania stays committed with its political support and technical assistance offer for the advancement of the reforms in the region's states, in the process of getting closer to the Euroatlantic structures.

In this context, Prime Minister outlined the interest for the optimum use of the collaboration formats and the capitalisation on their unique contribution to the area's stability, the promotion of the good neighbourly relations, interconnectivity and economic cooperation. The Romanian dignitary also emphasised the relevance of the CEI for the accomplishment of these objectives, through the transfer of expertise in key-fields, such as the anti-corruption fight, the good governance, reducing development gaps, competitiveness and innovation.

Rime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed her support for the development of the regional cooperation in this format and concomitantly for the steps of strengthening the CEI efficiency, by focusing on projects with economic and social impact in the region.

The Romanian Prime Minister wished good luck to Italy, that took over the CEI Chairmanship -in -office from Croatia and assured it of Romania’ support and availability for cooperation.

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković

 

During the official visit to the Republic of Croatia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting on Monday, December 3, 2018, in Zagreb with Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic.

On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister commended the positive dynamics of the bilateral political dialogue, both at Government and Parliament level. The Romanian senior official stated that the relations between the two states are very good and based on similar stances on some aspects of the array of regional, European and international issues.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that, taking into account the extended cooperation framework between Romania and the Republic of Croatia, parliamentary diplomacy plays an important role in identifying new cooperation opportunities needed to further strengthen economic and sectoral relations.

Moreover, the Head of the Executive stated that Romania, as a consistent supporter of the enlargement policy and an EU member state, in the direct vicinity of the region with specific stability and security interests for the region, backs the EU's objectives regarding the Western Balkans, a region that has an important place among the objectives of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Romanian Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament also discussed about the similar stances that the two states have in a series of European dossiers: the future of Europe, the cohesion policy, the relations between the states of the Euro area and non-Euro, the Schengen Area and management of external borders of the EU, the Eastern Neighborhood.

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar – Kitarović

 

On Monday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar – Kitarović. The meeting took place in the form of a working lunch.

The two dignitaries expressed their satisfaction over the particularly dynamic development of bilateral relations based on similar stances on some aspects of the array of regional, European and international issues.

The European agenda was an important topic on the talks agenda. The Romanian Prime Minister and the Croatian President discussed the coordination within the trio of the rotating presidencies of the EU Council, which the two countries are part of, alongside Finland. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed the excellent cooperation in this field, announcing that the joint programme of the trio is already completed through the shared effort of coordination among the three states. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said that Romania, as the future holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU counts on all member states, such as Croatia, for support so that Romania's tenure will bring concrete results in the advancement of the European agenda.

In this context, Prime Minister Dancila reiterated that the enlargement of the EU to include the Western Balkan states is a priority of Romania's Presidency of the EU Council. The Head of the Executive added that Romania remains committed to political support and technical assistance in advancing reforms in the states of the region in the process of getting closer to Euro-Atlantic structures.

Romanian Prime Minister also congratulated Croatia on its successful chairmanship-in-office of the Central European Initiative(CEI) this year and welcomed the emphasis on key themes such as: energy efficiency, European integration and competitiveness.

 

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Press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in the Republic of Croatia

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I am glad to be here, in Zagreb, today, on an official visit, and to see again ,on this occasion, my Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković,with whom I have a good collaboration relation since we both served in the European Parliament.

We had a constructive discussion in which we addressed four aspects of cooperation between Romania and Croatia.

A first aspect referred to bilateral relations, economic and commercial ones between the two states.

We noticed together that following the Croatian Prime Minister’s visit to Romania, the bilateral relations between the two states have known an ascendant trend. We have had a good sectorial cooperation. Several Romanians Ministers have come here, in Zagreb, several Ministers from Zagreb visited Romania, so that we find common points of cooperation between the two states.

Other aspect considered during our talks referred to the Trio Romania – Finland – Croatia, which implies a common programme, talks, consensus on the programme of the three presidencies in the course of the next 18 months.

We discussed about Romania’s taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019, about EU level –challenges to which we need to respond together. I refer here to challenges related to Brexit, EU’s future after Brexit, and in this respect, the May 9 2019 Summit in Sibiu will play an important role. We talked about common issues, the common approach we need to have on traditional policies at European level – and here, I refer to the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy but also to challenges related to migration, terrorism, the defence policy, and of course one issue of interest for both countries: the Schengen topic.

The Three Seas Initiative was also on the agenda of our talks, and I assured Mr. Prime Minister that during last week, we adopted in the Government a normative act which provides for setting up a working group regarding the Three Seas Initiative projects.

Other point we covered, pertained to the Danube Strategy. Romania currently holds the EUSDR Presidency, and the Danube Strategy will also be in the presidency’s programme, and this implies coordination between Romania and Croatia.

On the occasion of my visit to Zagreb, I will also attend the CEI Summit works which concludes the Croatian presidency of this regional cooperation forum.

I want to thank once again Mr. Prime Minister for the warm welcome, but also for the constructive discussions we have had.



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