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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the President of the Government of Spain Pedro Sánchez

During the working visit to the Kingdom of Spain, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had talks today with the President of the Government of Spain Pedro Sánchez.

The two Prime Ministers hailed the two states' excellent economic cooperation, which is on an upward trend both in terms of economic exchanges, which stand at around 4 billion euros, and of the amount of Spanish investments in Romania. The evolution of bilateral trade confirms a growing economic relationship.

The Romanian Prime Minister also underlined that Romania has a stable and attractive economic environment, expressing appreciation for the Spanish companies' investments in Romania, especially in the field of renewable energies, constructions and real estate. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also encouraged the participation of Spanish companies in the tenders organized by the Romanian authorities for projects funded under the ongoing operational programs, as well as the participation in public-private partnership investment projects or in the program for the privatization of Romanian state-owned companies.

The talks confirmed the interest of both states in further developing a privileged relationship between the two countries. In this respect, the two officials agreed to continue efforts towards the organization of the first joint government meeting, including by identifying new opportunities for sectoral cooperation.

During the meeting, the parties also agreed on boosting cooperation at the level of central authorities as well as at the level of local administration, through twinning agreements and direct contacts, in order that the Romanian authorities should benefit from the solid Spanish expertise in modernizing the public administration.

Two Memorandums of Understanding were signed in this context, which allow drawing up joint projects in fields such as: defence and modernization of public administration:

A Memorandum of Understanding between Romania and Spain's Defence Ministries on defence cooperation;

 A Memorandum of Understanding between the National Institute of Administration of Romania(INA) and the Spanish National Institute of Public Administration (INAP);

  Prospects for expanding cooperation on road and rail infrastructure were also discussed, while considering ongoing projects with Spanish partners and the relevant expertise of the Spanish side. The sides agreed on the setting up of a technical working group liaising the responsible authorities which would facilitate the access to Spain's expertise in this respect.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked for the constructive attitude of the Spanish authorities and society towards the Romanian community in Spain, the second largest Romanian community abroad.

The Romanian Prime Minister also tackled the issue of granting dual citizenship to the Romanians who reside in the Kingdom of Spain, as well as aspects related to the expanded recognition of the status of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

The two dignitaries evoked the historical, cultural and linguistic ties between the two countries and emphasized the firm pro-European commitment of Romanian and Spanish citizens.

The interest of both sides was also emphasized in maintaining a permanent bilateral dialogue, in the light of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019.

The Romanian official also showed that a good coordination of preparations for the May 2019 Sibiu Summit should provide the opportunity to assess the proposals, ideas and expectations of the EU member states and citizens regarding the future of the Union, including in the perspective of the next European electoral exercise.

At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister expressed interest in Spain's proven experience in the absorption of European funds for modernizing infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and overall society. Appreciation was also voiced for cooperation in the field of internal affairs.

The Head of the Bucharest Executive reiterated that joining the Schengen Area continues to be a major political priority for Romania, and thanked for Spain's constant support in this dossier.

In this context, the issue of common challenges was also approached from the perspective of the two countries' position in the EU's eastern and southern neighborhood respectively, and of the convergent interests for a democratic, safe, prosperous and predictable neighborhood. The Romanian Prime Minister also shared Spain's concerns about the recent developments in illegal migration.

During talks, the two officials also referred to the current good cooperation in the multilateral collaboration formats.

At the close of the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă extended an invitation to the President of the Government of Spain Pedro Sánchez to pay a visit to Romania.

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