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Friday, 29 March

Romania-Bulgaria-Greece-Serbia Quadrilateral Meeting at Snagov Palace

The Bucharest Declaration

 

Bucharest, March 29, 2019

 

The Prime Ministers of Romania, H.E. Ms. Viorica Dăncilă, the Republic of Bulgaria, H.E. Mr. Boyko Borisov, the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Mr. Alexis Tsipras, together with the President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Aleksandar Vučić,

Expressing satisfaction for the high-level political dialogue and overall cooperation between the four states,

Recognizing the importance of continuing a regular dialogue between our states, representing a functional framework for regional cooperation that contributes to safeguarding a climate of trust and partnership in our region,

Sharing the view that the friendly and good-neighbourly relations among the four states, based on common European values and principles, are in the interest of our peoples and the security and stability of the entire region of South East Europe,

Acknowledging the importance of regional cooperation, reconciliation and good-neighborly relations and welcoming the remarkable progress achieved by the Republic of Bulgaria and by the Hellenic Republic in further strengthening their bilateral ties through a determined and forward-looking perspective for their relations  with the Republic of North Macedonia, 

Willing to jointly develop and strengthen our cooperation in order to promote the sustainable development, the economic prosperity and social progress of our countries,

Recalling EU’s historic commitment through the Thessaloniki Declaration stressing that “the future of the Balkans is within the European Union”, as well as the Sofia Declaration, stating that “the EU is determined to strengthen and intensify its engagement at all levels to support the region's political, economic and social transformation”,

Reaffirming that Romania, the Republic of Bulgaria and the Hellenic Republic strongly and actively support Serbia's EU path and its efforts to fulfil the accession criteria,

Declare on this important occasion that:

We agree that the enlargement policy, a prominent priority of the current Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as the former Bulgarian and Greek Presidencies remains an opportunity to demonstrate, once again, the transformative power of the EU, at a time when the Union is confronted with major challenges.

We share the view that as far as the the EU Enlargement process is concerned progress along the European path is an objective and merit-based process which depends on the concrete results achieved by each individual country, with the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities and property rights, being an utmost priority.

We decide that, one year after the publication of the 2018 EU Enlargement Package that reiterated the EU’s commitment for a credible enlargement perspective and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans, our joint efforts will aim at turning 2019 into a year of feasible results, in line with the commitments assumed and in accordance with the own merits principle.

We agree that a strong, united and cohesive Europe is in the interest of both current and future Member States. In the ongoing debate on the future of the Union, we support a constructive, forward-looking perspective and a continued commitment to the enlargement process.

We consider that the future of Europe and the objective of strengthening EU’s role as a global actor are closely linked to EU's ability to project stability and prosperity in its immediate neighborhood.

We welcome the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighbourliness, and Cooperation between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia, which provides a good basis for strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

We congratulate the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of North Macedonia for the historic resolution of the name dispute through the adoption of the Prespa Agreement, an example of reconciliation for the region and of solving the problems in a European spirit.

Romania, the Republic of Bulgaria and the Hellenic Republic welcome the efforts and progress of the Serbian government in the EU accession process and encourage Serbia to continue the pace of reforms and to ensure their sustainability and irreversibility. The three EU Member States will continue to share with Serbia their own experience with regard to the accession process,  and transfer know-how for a successful negotiation process.

We attach great importance to continuing the development of cross-border and wider regional cooperation between our four states, with the objective of strengthening the territorial cohesion of cross-border regions, their competitiveness and their sustainability through projects of mutual benefit.

We reaffirm our support for regional projects of common interest, especially in the fields of transport, energy, IT&C, as well as sports and youth, in order to promote the development and the overall connectivity of the region.

We will further advance our work toward the development of transport links between our states and the extension of the TEN-T network in South East Europe, and with a particular focus on the West–East and North–South transport corridors.

We emphasize the importance of a macro-regional approach to stimulate economic growth, and job creation including in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the Three Seas Initiative and of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. In this respect, the current Romanian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and of the Council of the EU, as well as the Bulgarian Chairmanship-in-Office of BSEC together with Greece and Serbia as members of the EUSAIR, can create opportunities for connecting the respective regions, by exploring synergies between relevant priority areas and advancing with projects inspired by the blue-economy, also by benefiting from the experience gained in the EUSAIR and its four pillars, and by commonly supporting the inclusion of macro-regional priorities in the relevant Regulations of the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

We strongly believe that energy security should be further strengthened, at both European and regional level, as a major priority for our states and for the EU. We attach great importance to making gas interconnectors between our states, including the Vertical Corridor, Greece-Bulgaria Gas Interconnector, Bulgaria-Romania Gas Interconnector, Bulgaria-Serbia Gas Interconnector and Romania-Serbia Gas Interconnector fully operational, in order for them to become key parts of the overall European energy security infrastructure and contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union.

We will continue our joint efforts for the diversification of energy sources, routes and suppliers towards the timely development of commonly agreed priority gas and electricity infrastructure projects within the Central and South-Eastern Europe Connectivity (CESEC) and Energy Community framework.

We have agreed to analyze the modalities for establishing a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) with a view to promoting a cooperation in Southeast Europe.

We agree to continue the work to elaborate our joint bid for future sport events, by establishing Organizing Committees and advancing technical cooperation in this format. 

We entrust the relevant institutions of our respective states to prepare proposals aimed at expanding the dialogue at the sectorial level in all fields of common interest, as the case may be. In this respect, Working Groups will be established and tasked to further advance our practical cooperation.

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Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the Vice President of Turkey Fuat Oktay

 

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Victoria Dancila: I welcome the presence of the Vice President of Turkey Mr. Oktay in Romania. I am glad that we can continue and broaden the dialogue started with President Erdogan on my visit to Turkey, a couple of months ago. At bilateral level, Romania and Turkey have a solid and multidimensional relationship, with an important economic component. The strategic partnership, signed in 2011, based on mutual interests and advantages further remains the foundation of our relations. The bilateral economic and trade relation continues on an ascendant path. The recent discussions with the Turkish side both on my visit to Ankara and later on, at Ministerial level, started materializing in joint projects for the benefit of both states. I want to particularly express my satisfaction over the decision to hold in April 19, in Istanbul, the first meeting of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee, when a business and investment forum will be organized too, attended by private sector representatives. Other field of interest for both sides is the one of bilateral cooperation in the health and medical science area, which was streamlined by the intergovernmental cooperation agreement signed in Ankara, on October 15. I reviewed alongside Vice President Oktay the projects of shared interest in this field and the talks held so far, at Ministerial level. This is also a field with growth potential for the benefit of both countries.

There is potential in the bilateral trade relationship, and both Romania and Turkey intend to materialize it. We want an increasingly larger presence of Romanian companies on the Turkish market, as well as of Turkish companies on the Romanian market. Early this year, Romanian manufacturers and exporters in the furniture sector participated within a national pavilion, at IMOB, one of the largest international fairs in Istanbul.

I also had an in depth dialogue with Vice President Oktay on the EU-Turkey relationship, particularly in light of the organization of the EU-Turkey Association Council meeting in Brussels on March 15, after a four-year interruption. The resumption of this EU- Turkey dialogue framework corresponds to the objectives set by Romania for its presidency of the EU Council. Turkey is a key partner of the EU, with which it co-operates in tackling common challenges. Turkey's contribution to migration management, as well as its outstanding efforts to host more than three and a half million refugees, are recognized and appreciated. The implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement has led to the reduction of illegal migration.

I would like once again to thank Vice-President Oktay for his presence in Romania, for the open, substantive dialogue and for his personal effort to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Romania and Turkey.

Fuat Oktay: I would like to thank you! Dear Prime Minister Dăncilă, dear members of the press, I want to tell you that today I participate in this meeting to represent the President of our country, a neighbouring and strategically associated country. I would like to point out that Turkey and Romania have a great cooperation potential that can ensure stability in the area, either in bilateral or multilateral relations.

At the same time, on the basis of our bilateral relations, we are very happy that we are today here/.../. I want to thank you, on this occasion, and I want to convey to you the compliments, at the same time to the Romanian people.

I want to tell you, dear members of the press, that I had a very fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister. I want to emphasize that the bilateral meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. I had the opportunity to discuss with Mrs. Dăncilă, other topics too, in a very detailed manner, in the context of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council. We also discussed our bilateral relations, how we can further develop them, what are the approaches between the European Union and Turkey, and we are very happy to note that they are very much alike. At our meeting - I want to tell you that the Prime Minister honored our country last year in October - we had the opportunity to discuss much more in detail these issues. This understanding we have with Romania is very important for our countries as well as for …and for all international relations. Turkey knows that Romania, its strategic partner, due to its geographical position, connects Eastern Europe and Balkans and the Black Sea and the Caucasus areas. I know that Romania's foreign policy aims to promote development through collective cooperation between countries. At this meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss that our bilateral relations will bring /.../stability to the area.

Dear members of the press, I want to highlight that the relations, our contribution to the area, including showing our common historical past, is very important. Our economic cooperation is very important. On our meeting, we had the occasion to discuss also about investment and trade areas, how we can further develop them. We discussed in detail how we can develop our relations even more, and I want to tell you that by the end of 2018, our trade exchanges amounted to approximately 6.4 billion dollars. We very much want for a long time that this figure reaches 10 billion dollars. I underlined it on the occasion of the meeting that I had with our president. We discussed it once again this evening. We very much want first to attain and afterwards, to exceed the figure of 10 billion dollars. On this occasion, I want to tell you that the Turkey -Romania committee for economic and commercial cooperation will meet in Istanbul in April.

At the bilateral meeting we had a bit earlier, we had the opportunity to discuss also about the municipal hospital that will be inaugurated in Constanta. The close cooperation between our Health Ministers, who attended the meetings this evening, emphasizes once again the importance we attach to health cooperation between our countries. We want very much to achieve and finalize this project, which will further develop relations between the two countries. We have agreed on these areas.

We also discussed very much about co-operation in the national defence sector. We had the opportunity to make important decisions with Prime Minister Dăncilă in order to obtain concrete steps in developing this cooperation. We want very much that the relations we will have in the national defence industry will develop even more, they will deepen our strategic partnership. I have once again outlined that all Turkish companies are ready to share their experience in the field of national defence. Our competent authorities do their utmost to complete the legal framework in order to boost our relations and we are considering how to make the growth impetus between our countries become a continuous one.

Besides all this, I had the opportunity to also talk with Prime Minister Dăncilă about the terrorist organization FETÖ, which is a danger to security and public order. We attach great importance to cooperation with Romania in this area.

Dear members of the press, I want to emphasize once again that we look with satisfaction at how Romania approaches the relations between the European Union and Turkey. We are very pleased with the help and support that Romania offers to our country. We are confident that this behaviour of Romania will be a good example for the other member states of the Union, Romania being a neighbouring country and a strategic partner.

At the same time, I emphasize again, on this occasion, that we want very much to develop even more our relations in the near future.

I thank Prime Minister Dăncilă for her hospitality and you, dear members of the press, thank you again!

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Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić

 

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Viorica Dăncilă: I welcome the presence in Bucharest of the Serbian President and this new oppotunity to continue our consultations on some topics of bilateral and regional interest. Our dialogue is taking place in a important moment for the Romanian – Serbian cooperation, respectively 140 years since the establishment of bilateral relations. I had a constructive dialogue with the President of Serbia, we discussed about connecting our countries, about the energy projects between Romania and Serbia. Romania and Serbia take special interest in the Pancevo – Timisoara highway, this would improve the good relations between Romania and Serbia. At the same time, we talked about energy cooperation, an important step being the start of exploitation on Neptun platform. I assured the President of Serbia of our support at European level, during the rotating presidency of the EU Council held by Romania. I reiterated the fact that we want to be Serbia’s advocate in highlighting the progress Serbia has made in the pro-European direction. I am sure that following today’s discussions, after establishing a roadmap within our set objectives, our next meeting in Greece will provide us the opportunity to assess the progress we have achieved both with respect to infrastructure and the energy area and in terms of supporting Serbia at European level. I would like to thank once again President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić for the constructive dialogue, the availability and last but not least, for the friendship shown to Romania.

Aleksandar Vučić: I will be very brief and I always try to be so, as I am coming from the smallest country as size at this meeting. I thank Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă for the exceptional reception and the help granted to Serbian people. We have discussed about projects that will improve the cooperation between our countries and I have always considered that Romania does not look at things as two different territories – one, Serbia, and one, Black Sea countries. We share common objectives and I consider we can do many wonderful things together. We discussed about Pancevo – Timisoara Motorway, useful to both countries, very important also for the Romanians living in the south of Banat, east from Voivodina, who represent the bridge connecting our two countries. It is also very important for the Serbians from the Romanian side of Banat in terms of economic connectivity, as well as for the businesspeople and people /.../. There were five thousands Romanian tourists in Serbia this year, which means a 24 percent increase in the number of tourists who stayed overnight here. The number of Romanian tourists is growing every year, and in this respect, our joint efforts will bear results and we will present the special tourism offers, which will offer tourists coming from Serbia, and Romania special things. Allow me to tell Romanians and those from Banat that this bridge will make a trip between Romania and Serbia  by 300 -350 kilometers shorter, and will also increase the economic connectivity between our countries, the trade between our countries amounts at present at approximately 1, 6 billion euros and it can rise to 2 billion. We discussed about building a power plant in Pancevo of 400 KV, and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila told us about the Black Sea projects, as regards the gas pipeline, and the desire to extract as much gas as possible. We discussed about border crossing points and several other issues, but it will be more than enough if we build this motorway which will unite our countries. I would like to thank once again Prime Minister Dancila for having invited us of the four countries. Thank you, Viorica, thank you for your friendship, you and the Romanians will always have true friends in our institutions and organizations. Romania fought for Serbia and the Serbians must respect this. I want to thank Romania. We will be loyal and fair with you!

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Joint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania, President of Serbia, Prime Minister of Bulgaria and Prime Minister of Greece

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Viorica Dancila: We are today in Bucharest, to attend the seventh quadrilateral meeting with Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia, which reflects our common and constant interest in the welfare and stability of our region.

I have the pleasure to invite now Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia to share his views on today’s meeting.

Aleksander Vucic: Good afternoon! I want to thank our host, Viorica Dancila for welcoming us. I want to thank Romania and the Romanian people on my behalf and behald of my friends (...). Considering that these meetings have become a routine for us and that we meet enough often, this speaks for the fact that these meetings are acquiring increasingly importance and are testament of the serious manner in which we discussed in previous meetings. We agreed on infrastructure works and /.../ our dear host, Viorica Dancila, there were talks on highways construction to connect Romania with Serbia, a transformer of 400 KV in a power plant, Resita.

Moreover, I want to inform the Bulgarian people about the finalization of Corridor 10, some 11 months ago, which was very important for our connectivity, and on this occasion, we will discuss about energy , the energy sources and what we can do for bilateral connectivity, in order to use as much as possible our energy sources.

It is very important to continue our cooperation in culture and sports, and to inform our friends on the situation in the Balkans and to get support for Serbia that will become increasingly stronger in the future, on its path to the European Union. As President of Serbia, I thank you once again for this /..../ hospitality and for this meeting.

Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Mr. President for your appreciations, your views, as well as for the openness you showed in the strengthening and continuation of cooperation in this format. I give the floor to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic who will be the host of our next meeting.

Alexis Tsipras: /.../ to establish /.../ about the northern part of Greece, that will become the southern connection point /.../ and Romania , that are the eastern part of this connectivity, and the northern part – between Bulgaria and Romania and the Western part – between Serbia and Greece, through north of Macedonia. We talked about important infrastructure which will speed up the trade between our countries, we talked about international trade, about tourism in these countries, about telecommunications which will ensure a huge development of tourism and we talked at the same time about roads and energy. We have already taken important decisions. Our four countries cooperate and each country in its turn does its best. We created a joint venture between Romania and Greece, and we will continue to administrate the interconnection between Black Sea and Mediterrana.

We have such a project in mind. Now we talk about energy. We have a pipeline, a vertical route that will connect the gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to northern Greece, and we have new opportunities, provided by the platform in /.../, which will provide gas in liquid state. We will also develop the infrastructure we have /.../. Speaking about energy, I had the opportunity to inform my friends that our decisions and cooperation are of historic importance to the east-west pipeline, which changes the energy map in the south and east of Europe and opens up countless possibilities to differentiate sources of energy. This gas pipeline will take over the natural gas from Israel and Cyprus, transport it through Greece, with the possibility of reaching Italy, but we can supply gas to the Balkans. So, we will have the opportunity with this eastern pipeline and with other gas transport projects from Greece to Bulgaria, for example, with the gas pipeline /.../ as an energy transport network, which is very important for all Balkan countries,  turning the Balkans into an energy node for the whole area.

We have the opportunity to talk about the development of our region and we could discuss the European future of Serbia. It is certain that, from the first day when we created this quadrilateral meeting, we wanted to help this country and support it in order to join the EU. Serbia's entry into the EU is a priority for our countries, and we must encourage Serbia's desire to make a steady progress in the 16 negotiation chapters. We support this initiative and the efforts, the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which are of major importance in our area but have not been supported to the same extent by Pristina.

We also discussed about a new dynamic of the area. We talked about / infringement of / agreements and the need for / North Macedonia / to become an EU country as well. I am sure and I believe that these steps we have taken before, and the great step of this agreement, and all the steps that the North Macedonian Government will take, will make North Macedonia be successful in these negotiations. I would like to say the same about Albania, on our last meeting, things did not work very well. We have discovered today that the evolution has not been too good in terms of the Greek minority in Albania and, unfortunately, at this moment, it does not allow us to be optimistic about the European prospects of this country. The conditions to go through this full process and move forward in this direction are almost zero. I hope I'm not right, because no matter what happens, we want everything that the entire Balkan area wants. I would like us to be able to make all the necessary reforms so that the European perspective becomes a reality. We are not dogmatic, we look at each country, we see what each country has done in this regard, and we want to help these countries, but we need to behave differently with those who have not taken the correct measures. Our cooperation has already an institutional dimension and perhaps it would be too much to say that we are the „ busy bee” of Balkans, but because I know we are a force in this approach, we have a strong desire to advance on this path of development and cooperation for our nations.

Currently, I want to mention that the European presidency is taking place at a time when Europe is facing many difficulties. I wish greater succes to Romania, I have but thanks for Romania that gathered us all here, I would like to say that Greece waits you on 8 / .../ at the eighth meeting. Thank you once again!

Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Alexis for the beautiful words, your address, for underlining the topics on the agenda of today’s discussions. I will invite Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, to take the floor.

Boyko Borissov: Dear hosts, dear Madam Prime Minister, dear Vucic and Alexis, I am very glad to be here again, with you, at the time of so many challenges, difficult moments, as the European Commission, the Parliament are considering the elections due on May 26. But, once again, congratulations for what you have achieved to date!

It is no use repeating what others have already mentioned, but one of the topics is important: connectivity between Sofia, Istanbul, Burgas. This will be a motorway without stops, without trafic jams; the same, between Sofia and Thessaloniki.

On today’s bilateral meetings with Romania, I talked about a third bridge across Danube, for which we need to cooperate in terms of infrastructure. Along with my colleague Tsipras, I decided that in July, we will finalize the agreement for a joint venture that would ensure the transport of materials so that Parliaments can ratify this understanding. In the opening ceremony, I had, alongside Greece, with the three representatives, talks on the transport of five billion cubic meters of gas, through this pipeline. The Balkans will become a distribution center, I do not want us to make differences between countries that will have this gas or liquefied gas pipeline, I do not want us to make any difference between Israel and Cyprus. We have extraordinary opportunities to organize this cooperation, and to build the infrastructure for this gas pipeline. Romania has the possibility to replace all the installations that have worked on gas compression.

I discussed with my colleague Vučić, and we discussed about the following months: if there is already a gas pipeline network, it is the same as with motorways: they are not used initially, but later, traffic can be noticed on them.

Briefly, we will not invest only in railway infrastructure, we will work on digital economy, connectivity, optic fiber cables and all the necessary equipment. You can see how quickly this will become a real necessity.

I do not want us to talk more about support, support for Serbia, at the rotating presidency of the Council - Bulgaria follows. The four countries representatives, including my colleague Vučić, said that we appreciate Serbia very much. They have done so, they have made sustained efforts in those 16 negotiation chapters, and I am very content to declare that we are backing Serbia. It is very important that we have all our neighbors in the EU. Unfortunately – although, I was very happy when I invited Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of Turkey to Varna – today, the Vice President of Turkey made a statement, but I am not delighted by what their Foreign Minister could say about the Balkans. Interfering in the internal affairs of other country is not the best thing and we expect them to apologize for what they said.

Once again, I want to thank Romania for its special hospitality, the very good organization of this meeting. On just one visit, we could discuss with all colleagues, we could organize several bilateral meetings and visits. Thank you very much!

Viorica Dancila: Dear Alexander, dear Boyko, dear Alexis, it is a great pleasure for me to host today a new meeting of the quadrilateral cooperation format with Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia. As I mentioned in the beginning, this is the seventh meeting since establishing this format, aspect which reflects the steady joint interest for the stability and welfare of our region. Our cooperation enters today a new stage, the results of debates and our outlook on future cooperation are to be found in the joint declaration of the four dignitaries, the first document of this type adopted in this format. The Bucharest Declaration is the expression of the firm commitment of our countries to closely collaborate to build a stable and prosperous region, in line with European values and standards. It is at the same time the expression of our joint interest to promote the interconnection projects of regional cooperation which foster European integration and Western Balkans’ connection to European values and standards.

Today’s meeting has a special significance for Romania from the angle of the current exercise of the presidency of the EU Council. In this context, I reiterated the objectives and the stage results of Romania’s mandate, as well as the support of our country for streamlining the European path of Western Balkans. I highlighted my preoccupation with strengthening European cohesion and solidarity, step designed to ensure the sustainability of the European project and to strengthen the EU relevance for its citizens and its being a point of attraction outside its borders. I underlined Romania’s ambitious and realist approach in managing a difficult mandate at EU level, marked by the Brexit, the approaching elections for the European Parliament, the debates on the future of Europe, but also the negotiations on the future multiannual financial framework. The Bulgarian and Greek guests assured me of their unequivocal support for priorities and actions that we organize during Romanian presidency of the EU Council. Moreover, I noticed with satisfaction the convergent positions on some important dossiers, such as the future budgetary projection of the European Union, strengthening the policies with direct impact on the cohesion of the EU and supporting the enlargement process.

Romania further pleads for maintaining the EU commitment to the enlargement process, catalyst of democratization, reconciliation and regional welfare. In this regard, I reaffirmed the support of our country for the advancement of the European perspective of Serbia and of the other states firmly committed on the European accession path. We will continue to work in partnership with a view to maintaining the positive dynamics of enlargement, respectively in order to fulfill the EU commitments in this process and to encourage and support reforms in the targeted countries. I saluted Serbia’s commitment to assuming the role of responsible partner in ensuring regional security and advancing its European route, whose success will surely lead to democratization, reconciliation, and also getting closer to the EU in the entire region. Serbia can count on Romania’s political and technical support for EU’s accession. At the same time, I encouraged Serbia to continue its efforts in an accelerated and substantial reform process, on the basis of the clear assumption of EU accession strategic objective. This approach will surely lead to the expected result at the level of economic development and social peace in Serbia, but also in its relations with the European Union. I assured once again Serbia that it can rely on Romania’s support.

The interconnection projects had a privileged place on the agenda of the quadrilateral meeting. We discussed about developing the transport and energy infrastructures, step with long –term benefits regarding competitiveness and attractiveness for foreign investment, a key factor for the welfare of our citizens, for the security and prosperity of the region.

My colleagues, my counterparts highlighted the main points which were discussed regarding interconnectivity, and also energy. I reiterated the importance that the Romanian authorities attach to ensuring energy security, especially from the perspective of implementing projects which can contribute to diversification of energy sources and supply routes.

Moreover, we also approached the topic of cooperation for ensuring regional stability, starting from common interests in the field of migration management and border security.

We assessed the state of preparedness with a view to launching common candidacy to host international sports competitions, topic brought to our attention by my Greek counterpart.

In conclusion, I want to thank my distinguished guests, and friends for their constructive approach in the talks occasioned by this meeting. I voice hope in the quick achievement of several joint projects.

Thank you once again for participation and I am sure that what represents today only projects, will materialize tomorrow, in the near future or on medium and long term in important objectives for our countries.

Thank you once again for your presence in Romania!

 

 



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