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Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s visit to the Portuguese Republic

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

 

On June 7, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The two dignitaries voiced satisfaction over the current level of bilateral relations both at political and sectorial levels, while highlighting especially the very good level of cooperation in the defence area. The Head of the Executive expressed the wish to intensify collaboration in areas deemed priorities by both sides. In this respect, Prime Minister communicated to the Portuguese President the proposal to draw up a roadmap as work instrument and vehicle for boosting the cooperation projects between the two countries.

At the same time, the two officials made an analysis of current developments and political prospects in Europe, expressing similar positions regarding the need to deepen European integration in an inclusive manner.

Among the European agenda topics addressed during the meeting, there were the negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework, the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, including in the perspective of the architecture of the European relations following the 2019 elections for the European Parliament.

The Romanian Prime Minister underlined the importance of returning to the fundamentals of the European construction, in order to rebuild the citizens’ trust, principle underpinning the priorities of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU, alongside the need to respond to the major EU priorities, such as: security and migration.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila thanked President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for the constructive attitude of Portuguese authorities towards the Romanian community’s integration.

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated in the inauguration of a square dedicated to Romania (Largo da Romenia) in Estoril

 

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the inauguration ceremony of a square dedicated to Romania, in the town of Estoril, located in Cascais, the suburb of Lisbon.

The event was an opportunity to highlight the privileged relationship between the two countries that have 100 years of diplomatic relations, cultural and historical ties, and that are working together to relaunch their future relations.

The Romanian Prime Minister voiced hope that the relations between Romania and the Portuguese Republic will continue to develop as close partners and active members of the European Union, sharing aspirations, interests and visions on many of the important dossiers.

At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked the Portuguese authorities and personally Mayor Carlos Carreiras for his openness to Romania and the friendship shown to the Romanian community in Portugal.

There is a school of the Romanian community in Cascais, town that celebrates its 650 years of existence. Cascais started negotiations for its twinning with the town of Sinaia.

Additional information:

Cascais and Estoril are of particular interest to Romania, especially in the year of the Centenary of the Great Union, due to the numerous Romanian personalitieswho lived there: Lucian Blaga, Mircea Eliade, Elena Văcărescu or King Carol II, etc. Rotonda is located in downtown Estoril, next to Hotel Palácio (1930), one of the most prestigious locations in Europe, which hosted heads of state and diplomats who made their contributions in shaping post-war Europe. Estoril, along with Cascais and Sintra, forms the renowned Golden Triangle of the Atlantic Ocean ever since the interwar period.

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s visit to Champalimaud Foundation

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila who is on an official visit to the Portuguese Republic, visited on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the premises of the Champalimaud Foundation, one of the most prestigious research centers in Europe.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s visit takes place in the context of signing the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of scientific research between the “Horia Hulubei” National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering of Romania and Champalimaud Foundation.

On this occasion, the Head of the Romanian Executive stated that the signing of the cooperation document between the two renowned institutions contributes to the expansion of the Romanian –Portuguese partnership in terms of research and innovation activities, partnership which enjoys the Romanian Government’s full support.

 

Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa

Antonio Costa: I would like to start by thanking my Romanian counterpart and wishing her welcome. This visit occurs in a very important moment for the relations between our countries that have a long history.

Last year, we celebrated 100 years of diplomatic relations between Portugal and Romania, and currently, within NATO and EU, we are increasingly closer as cohesive partners, which allowed the development of bilateral relations from economic and cultural standpoint. The signing today of these agreements between Portuguese and Romanian scientific institutions, represents a symbolic gesture of our willigness to continue the development of these relations which consolidate daily through the contribution that many Romanians who are living, working and studying here, have made to our country. I would like to praise the Romanian community that is now the fourth foreign community, the most important in Portugal. Therefore, I would like to thank this community for the contribution it makes to the Portuguese economy. This meeting is taking place at a moment in which Romania is preparing to take over in a few months, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We wish it success! Europe needs this, a successful exercise of the Presidency, as it occurs in a very important moment, in which we should all agree on building the next multiannual financial framework, strengthening the euro area reform, and developing the new partnerships we are unfolding, in order to be able to coordinate in a cohesive way the issues relative to migration and also to assert our ability to strengthen the domestic safety against terrorist threat, as well as our defence policy, in order to ensure a greater stability within EU which is undergoing moments of instability. Therefore, it is very important that this Romanian presidency is very successful. The Portuguese Presidency will follow the Romanian presidency in 2021, in which we will have to present the tripartide programme Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, to pass the torch to the next trio of presidencies. It is an excellent moment to consolidate the relations between our countries, both at bilateral level and within EU, where we share the vision of an Europe which ensures peace, fosters prosperity and consolidates the cohesion among various EU states. Therefore, Madam Prime Minister, it is a great pleasure for me to receive you here, in Lisbon, and I thank you again for your visit to our country. Thank you.

Viorica Dancila: I want to thank Mr. Prime Minister for his warm welcome and our very substantial discussions. We discussed about the bilateral relations between Romania and Portugal, about boosting economic relations. We discussed about improved cooperation and setting up a roadmap for an intergovernmental cooperation between Romania and Portugal, and boosting parliamentary relations. We had a sectorial approach from the economic standpoint, we discussed common issues, issues for which we want to intensify cooperation, and as you could see, today, we took a first step through the signing of some cooperation agreements in the field of research, innovation and healthcare. Last but not least, I thanked Prime Minister for the way the communities of Romanians living in Portugal are being treated, an approach which represents an example at European level. We expressed our admiration for the way Portugal managed the absorption of European funds and we even proposed setting up a working group for the exchange of good practices, so that Romania too reaches a level of absorption similar to the one in Portugal. The presidency of the Council of the EU was on the discussion agenda, Romania will take over the semester presidency starting January 1, 2019. We also addressed the challenges that need an adequate answer, challenges related to Brexit, post –Brexit EU, new emerging challenges, and here, I refer to borders protection, migration, youth, defence and also to traditional policies such as: the common agricultural policy or the cohesion policy.

I was very glad that we had common views on very important European dossiers and we came to the conclusion that we need very good cooperation, so that the European Union consolidates itself following Brexit. We discussed the multi-annual financial framework, the challenges related to this, and we noticed that we had common views regarding allocation on certain policies so important both for Romania and Portugal. Once again, Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to thank you for our constructive talks and your willigness of cooperation both with Romania and the cooperation at European level.

Thank you.

 

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic Antonio Costa

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic Antonio Costa during her official visit to the Portuguese Republic.

Talks confirmed both states’ interest in further developing their privileged relationship. In this respect, the two officials agreed to draw up a road map for an efficient implementation of some joint projects of bilateral cooperation.

In the context of the official visit, a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed, which will help to develop joint projects in fields such as: research, innovation and healthcare.

1.Memorandum of Scientific Collaboration on the implementation of the Project Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) between the “Horia Hulubei” National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering of Romania and the Higher Technical Institute of Portugal;

2. Cooperation agreement between the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureş and the University of Lisbon;

3. Memorandum of Understanding on Health Policies between the Ministry of Health of Romania and the Ministry of Health of the Portuguese Republic;

Aspects of cooperation in the military, strategic and cyber security fields were also addressed. The two officials hailed the excellent bilateral cooperation in the security and defence areas, voicing their intention to deepen it, with a view to capitalizing on the potential especially created for the successful unfolding of the F-16 programme in areas such as: research on military equipment and technologies and cyber security.

There were also discussed the prospects of relaunching cooperation in the area of road, rail and airport infrastructure, taking into account the successful projects achieved in the past with partners from Portugal.

Both sides’ interest in maintaining a constant bilateral dialogue in the run-up to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019 was highlighted in the context of shared views on a series of European dossiers, such as: Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the future of Europe, the social and economic cohesion, the Global Strategy Implementation Plan on security and defence. It was discussed the importance of finding a balanced solution on the future European budget while maintaining an important place for traditional policies such as: the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy.

The importance of completing negotiations on issues such as the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Cohesion Policy during the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU was highlighted in order not to transfer these issues to the electoral debate given next year's elections for the European Parliament.

Prime Minister of Romania also voiced interest in creating a joint working group in the field of European funds absorption in order to benefit from Portugal's experience in this respect.

Prime Minister reiterated that joining the Schengen area represents a major political priority for Romania, and she thanked for the constant support that Portugal extends to Romania in this dossier.

During the talks, the two officials referred to the good cooperation within the current multilateral formats, including regarding mutual support of candidacies.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked for the constructive attitude of the Portuguese authorities and society towards the Romanian community living in the Portuguese Republic.

The two dignitaries also evoked the historical, cultural and linguistic ties existing between the two countries.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila pays an official visit to the Portuguese Republic on June 6 to 7, 2018, where she will have meetings with her Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The visit aims at strengthening bilateral cooperation between Romania and the Portuguese Republic, with focus on economic relations with a view to capitalizing on the trade and investment potential as well as on defence and security policies. New cooperation frameworks in fields such as: fundamental research and innovation, public health and medicine and academic cooperation will be inaugurated on this occasion.

A significant component of the discussion agenda will aim at the European cooperation, including in the run –up to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019.



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