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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's participation in the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format ('16+1')

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Li Keqiang

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a bilateral meeting today, April 12, 2019, with the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Li Keqiang. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format (’16+1′), which was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

On this occasion, topics of interest of the bilateral agenda were tackled, in the context of celebrating, in 2019, 70 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Romania and the People’s Republic of China and 15 years since the establishment of the Ample Friendship and Cooperation Partnership.

The Heads of the two Governments voiced their commitment to continue in a pragmatic, open and efficient manner the cooperation projects and the inter-human contacts in the established area.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila provided information on the recent amendments brought to the public-private partnership legislation and voiced the interest in involving Chinese companies in PPP projects.

At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced interest in opening a center of traditional Chinese medicine in Romania.

Recent developments in the EU-China relations were also discussed. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized that Romania will continue to actively contribute to the consolidation of the EU-China Strategic Partnership and the implementation of EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy, adopted in October 2018.

The Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Li Keqiang voiced appreciation for the way in which Romania exercises its first mandate at the Rotating Presidency of the EU Council, passing on congratulations for the results achieved so far.

Moreover, the talks between the two officials addressed the export of Romanian agricultural products to the People’s Republic of China, cooperation in the energy field, the Belt and Road Initiative.

The meeting occasioned an exchange of views on the 16+1 cooperation format prospects, the Romanian Prime Minister proposing that the Republic of Moldova becomes member of this initiative.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă invited her Chinese counterpart to pay an oficial visit to Romania. Moreover, the Romanian senior official got the invitation to pay a visit to the People’s Republic of China.

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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format ('16+1')

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended today, April 12, 2019, the Summit of Heads of Government of the CEEC - China cooperation format ('16+1') held in Dubrovnik.

On the occasion of her address in the plenary session, the Head of the Romanian Government saluted the launch of the 16+1 Coordination Mechanism for SMEs, hosted by the Republic of Croatia, as well as the Cooperation Initiative in support of SMEs development under a China-CEEC Interbank Association Agreement.

Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă showed that among the Romanian presidency of the EU Council’s priorities, there are topics of common interest for the 16+1 cooperation format participating countries, such as the Western Balkans region or promotion of interconnectivity and inclusion. Prime Minister highlighted Romania’s interest in the increase of the European investment presence in the 16+1 cooperation projects, including with the support of the European financial institutions, taking into account the opportunities created by Euro –Asia Connectivity Strategy, EU –China Connectivity Platform, and the TEN-T Programme(TransEuropean Transport Network).

In this context, the Head of the Romanian Executive underlined the importance of rail and maritime transport in the economic development of the central and East-European area by balancing trade exchanges with the People’s Republic of China, and increasing inter-human flows, especially in tourism and business.

During her address, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă announced the organization by Romania of the 7th ministerial meeting of the Dialogue on educational topics, in 16+1 format(May 17, 2019, Timisoara) and the 6th meeting of the Higher Education Consortium in 16+1 format(May 17-18, 2019, Timisoara).

Last but not least, the Head of the Executive welcomed the inclusion of the Hellenic Republic as member of the China –CEEC cooperation format noting that our country supported Greece’s inclusion in this format.

 

Additional information:

The European countries participating in the 16 + 1 format are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Hungary. 11 of the participating countries are also EU members.

Romania hosted the second 16 + 1 Summit on November 26, 2013. In preparation of this event, in October 2013, a regular meeting mechanism for national coordinators and the practice of the final document - "Guidelines" - agreed by consensus, was inaugurated in Bucharest.

 

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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the opening of the Business and Trade Forum, held on the sidelines of the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format ('16+1')

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended today, April 12, 2019, the opening of the Business and Trade Forum to be held in Dubrovnik, on the sidelines of the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format ('16+1').

Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan, coordinator of the Inter-ministerial Committee for economic cooperation projects with the People’s Republic of China and the Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan –Radu Oprea attended the Forum alongside Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă.

This year’s Business and Trade Forum brought together more than 900 representatives of the 16+1 participating states. Economic operators from areas such as: energy, IT&C, oil, tourism, education, as well as representatives of local public authorities and non-governmental organizations with economic profile attended the forum on the part of Romania. Their presence in this Forum is part of a wider effort to stimulate the involvement of Romanian companies in 16+1 cooperation format, given the opportunities offered by this mechanism aimed at developing connectivity between Asia and Europe.

Participants in this Forum had the opportunity to present their offer of products and services and to discuss with current and potential partners. Both manufacturers and suppliers, purchasers and product developers and investitors attended this forum.

Among the Business Forum’s objectives, there were: promoting direct interaction, as well as strengthening relations between partners, suppliers, consumers and investors, identifying new business opportunities with products and services, exchange of information on recent economic and trade developments.

Moreover, the website of the SMEs Coordination Mechanism in the 16+1 cooperation format, administered by Croatia was inaugurated within the Forum.

The Heads of the delegation visited the the Expo on Cooperation in Education between Central and Eastern European Countries and the People's Republic of China and attended the Unveiling of the commemoration plate on “Global Partnership Centre”. They met with the businesspeople who attended the B2B meetings within the Forum.

The Cooperation Initiative to support the SMEs development under a China-CEEC Interbank Association Agreement was adopted on the sidelines of the 16+1 Summit.

Thus, Romania supports the economic, social and territorial cooperation among participating countries, promoting projects in which to participate in the 16+1 cooperation format, designed to strengthen regional cooperation with the People’s Republic of China.



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