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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Press release on Prime Minister Ludovic Orban’s telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Today, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the senior German official’s initiative.

The two Heads of Government evoked, on this occasion, the special relations, of a strategic nature, between Romania and Germany, and agreed to continue the joint efforts for their additional consolidation, mainly on the economic dimension. They also agreed on the importance of resuming and strengthening the high-level bilateral political dialogue, as soon as conditions allow.

In this context, Chancellor Angela Merkel referred to the situation of the Romanian seasonal workers in Germany and voiced the constant concern of the Executive in Berlin and, her personal concern, for the observance and protection of the rights of Romanian citizens who work in Germany. The Federal Government promptly initiated the amendment of the internal legislative framework in order to provide them with an enhanced degree of protection and to guarantee the rights of the Romanian employees. Chancellor Merkel also emphasized, to the same purpose, the entire openness and availability for maintaining close contact, on all levels, between the authorities of the two states, following Labour Minister Violeta Alexandru's recent visit to Germany.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban congratulated his German counterpart on the efficient manner in which the Government led by Angela Merkel managed the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister also welcomed the proposals put forward by the European Commission, on  May 27, to create the Recovery Instrument - Next Generation EU, worth 750 billion euro, in order to back the economic recovery efforts at European level, as well as to revise the Multiannual Financial Framework for the 2021-2027 period.

Moreover, the senior Romanian official wished success to his German counterpart given the forthcoming German Presidency of the Council of the EU which begins on July 1, 2020, at a difficult moment, extremely important for strengthening the European project. In this context, the Prime Minister expressed Romania's support to advance the EU agenda and find common solutions to the current challenges of healthcare, economic and social nature.

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