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Thursday, 11 April

Visit to Croatia - Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's participation in the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format ('16+1')

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, April 11, 2019, in Dubrovnik, a meeting with Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia, on the occasion of her participation in the CEEC- China Cooperation Summit 16+1.

On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers exchanged views on the status of bilateral cooperation. Both states’ willigness to strengthen and diversify cooperation was highlighted, as well as the importance of continuing the political and sectoral dialogue, and holding a joint government meeting.

The two senior officials put emphasis on the importance of economic cooperation, the objective being to identify new opportunities from the perspective of boosting the two states’ volume of trade and mutual investment. The Romanian Prime Minister and her Croatian counterpart outlined the need to continue holding business forums and for closer cooperation between the Trade and Industry Chambers of the two countries.

The two dignitaries saluted the role of connecting bridge played by the Croatian minority of Romania on the one hand, and the Romanian community in Croatia on the other hand, in strengthening the bilateral relationship.

In addition to the bilateral relationship aspects, the status of the main dossiers on the European agenda was also approached, respectively the Brexit issues management, consolidation of the European instruments to combat migration, completion of negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework. In this context, both dignitaries discussed strengthening instruments on consolidating cohesion at European level, as well as the state of preparedness of the May 9 Summit.

The Croatian Prime Minister congratulated the Romanian Presidency for the outstanding results obtained in the four months of the mandate. In the context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced appreciation for the good cooperation within the EU Presidency trio Romania –Croatia –Finland.

The status of the Western Balkans countries’ accession process to EU was on the discussion agenda. In this respect, the Romanian –Croatian support for advancing the Western Balkan countries’ accession process to EU was reiterated.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed the Romanian Government’s support for the candidacy of the Croatian Foreign Minister for the position of Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.



Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with her Slovenian counterpart

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, April 11, 2019, in Duvrovnik, a meeting with Marjan Šarec, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, on the sidelines of her participation in the CEEC- China cooperation summit (16+1).

During the meeting, the talks of the two Prime Ministers focused on deepening the bilateral relationship and cooperation at European level.

The Romanian dignitary emphasized the importance of intensifying the political dialogue in order to re-launch bilateral relations and underlined the need to develop economic cooperation by boosting contacts between the economic actors of the two countries. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă invited her Slovenian counterpart to pay an official visit to Romania.

As regards the European agenda, the two officials exchanged views on topical dossiers, such as Great Britain’s exit from the European Union, migration, Europe’s future, and preparation of the Sibiu Summit due in May. Last but not least, aspects pertaining to the cohesion policy have been discussed.


Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă will attend the Summit of Heads of Government of the CEEC- China cooperation format(16+1), to be held in Dubrovnik, on April 11-12, 2019, in the Republic of Croatia.

The Romanian Prime Minister will be accompanied by an official delegation including Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ştefan-Radu Oprea, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu and Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Costin Mihalache.

The main events of the 16 + 1 Summit are: the plenary session of the Heads of Government of the 16 + 1 cooperation format countries, the 16 + 1 Economic and Trade Forum and the B2B meetings, the launch of the website of the 16+1 Coordination Mechanism for SMEs, hosted by Croatia, the Expo on Cooperation in Education between Central and Eastern European Countries and the People's Republic of China, the Unveiling of the commemoration plate on “Global Partnership Centre”, established at the Sofia 16 + 1 Summit of July 7, 2018, by Prime Ministers of Croatia, People’s Republic of China and Bulgaria.

Moreover, the Head of the Romanian Government will participate in the signing ceremony of bilateral agreements and bilateral cooperation documents between Romania and the People’s Republic of China:

1. Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing a Joint Working Group on Promoting Unimpeded Trade between the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania;

2. The Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Protocol concluded between the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China and the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority of Romania, regarding the export of honey from Romania to the People’s Republic of China.

3. Cooperation agreement between China Development Bank and Eximbank Romania on guaranteeing loans.

The Dubrovnik Guidelines will be adopted on the occasion of the 16+1 Summit.

Furthermore, on the sidelines of the 16 + 1 Summit, the Head of the Romanian Government will have bilateral meetings with her counterparts of the cooperation format countries.

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The European countries participating in the 16 + 1 format are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary. 11 of the participating countries are also EU members.

Austria, Belarus, Greece, Switzerland, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European External Action Service participate in the 16 + 1 cooperation format as observers.

Romania hosted the second 16 + 1 Summit on November 26, 2013. In preparation of this event, in October 2013, a regular meeting mechanism for national coordinators and the practice of the final document - "Guidelines" - agreed by consensus, was inaugurated in Bucharest.

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