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Monday, 26 October

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban’s meeting with the French Prime Minister Jean Castex

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had today bilateral consultations with the Prime Minister of the French Republic, Jean Castex, on the official visit he is paying to Paris, at the invitation of his French counterpart. It is the first official visit made by a Romanian Prime Minister to France, since 2016, and the French Prime Minister’s first welcome of a counterpart since taking office.

The visit of the Romanian Prime Minister takes place in a context with multiple meanings for the bilateral relationship, marked by the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and France, this year, and in the continuation of the Romania-France Season, cultural and public diplomacy large scale project which took place between November 2018, and July 2019, in both states.

The meeting of the two Heads of Government represented an excellent opportunity to boost the bilateral Strategic Partnership, by the signing the updated Partnership Roadmap by the two Prime Ministers, and in order to relaunch bilateral sectoral cooperation. The new Roadmap will give the Romanian-French Strategic Partnership a new level of ambition, as well as a more structured character. The text of the document includes directions of action, cooperation priorities and mechanisms for in-depth dialogue, aiming at strengthening the Romanian-French relations at the bilateral level, as well as at European and international level. Thus, the two Prime Ministers decided to resume the mechanism of 2 + 2 consultations between the Foreign and Defense Ministers.

Moreover, during this meeting, the two Heads of Government highlighted the common desire to intensify economic cooperation, as well as to strengthen coordination and cooperation on topical issues of the EU and international agenda, including from the perspective of the forthcoming French Presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2022.

The Romanian Prime Minister welcomed the privileged relationship between Romania and France and the resumption of bilateral contacts at the highest governmental level. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban voiced the desire to deepen the Romanian-French cooperation in all fields, based on the Political Declaration of the Strategic Partnership, signed in November 2018, by Presidents Klaus Iohannis and Emmanuel Macron.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also outlined the very good development of bilateral economic exchanges and the important dimension that French investments have in Romania. Prime Minister expressed interest and openness in attracting new investments with the French capital, as well as in diversifying economic cooperation.

Regarding the European agenda, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban reaffirmed Romania's interest in strengthening cooperation with France in terms of advancing the objectives agreed at European level, including from the perspective of France taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2022.

The visit occasioned the reaffirmation of the joint commitment of Romania and France to act together to strengthen the European project, based on the principles of unity and convergence, in the spirit of common European values. The two countries agreed on a sustained dialogue on the topical European dossiers.

The two Prime Ministers also had an exchange of views on the state of discussions at EU level on the European Economic Recovery Plan and the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. Romanian Prime Minister underlined the importance of implementing, as soon as possible, all the mechanisms and instruments related to the Plan and the future European budget, especially that in the conditions of a prolonged health crisis, it is essential to provide additional aid for the European economies recovery.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also highlighted Romania's legitimate expectation to join the Schengen area, mentioning the fulfilment of all criteria and Romania's contribution to ensuring the security of the EU's external borders. The Romanian Prime Minister pointed out that, in the current context of crisis, close cooperation between the Member States has become increasingly important to ensure the full functioning of the free movement space, as an essential pillar of the domestic market. Prime Minister asked for France's support with speeding up a positive decision on Romania's accession to Schengen.

At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized Romania’s strengths in the field of cybersecurity, the special competencies in this field in the public and private environment, the constant development and dynamism of the digital sector. He thus expressed our country's interest to host the future European Center of Competence in the field of cybersecurity.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also reiterated the special importance that the Romanian Government attaches to the objective of finalizing the process of our country's accession to the OECD, highlighting the fulfilment of all the assessment criteria and the expectations of the Romanian side regarding France’s support for a positive decision in the shortest time possible.

The two Prime Ministers also signed a Declaration of Intent on civil nuclear cooperation.

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