Romania-Council of Europe relations
On May 5, there are 60 years since the signing of the Statutes of the Council of Europe, the born paper of the pan-European organization and over 19 years since, on March 16, 1990, the Romanian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the secretary general of the Council of Europe (CoE), speaking of the intention of Romania to join this organization. In the following months, as part of the activities of CoE, participating with the status of special guests were representatives of Romania.
On Dec 19, 1991, an official request for the accession of Romania to the Council of Europe was submitted to Strasbourg.
On July 1, 1993, the political committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe approved the accession of Romania to this organization, and on Sept 2, the legal commission for Human Rights also approved the move.
On Oct 7, 1993, Romanian Foreign minister Teodor Melescanu signed, in Vienna, the Status of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights, with the flag of the Romanian state hoisted on this occasion at the headquarters in Vienna.
On Oct 8, 1993, president Ion Iliescu participated in the meeting of the heads of state and government of the Ceo member states.
On Oct 7, 1997, on the occasion of the anniversary of five years since Romania obtained the status of member of the Council of Europe, organized in Bucharest was a special session of the Parliament of Romania. Present was Leni Fisher, head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
In Jan 2001, Romanian PM Adrian Nastase made a first official visit at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Between May 16-17, 2005, Romanian president Traian Basescu attended the works of the third summit of the heads of state and government of the states members of the Council of Europe, held in Warsaw. On the first day of the summit, President Traian Basescu stressed during a speech on „Challenges for the European Society,” the real support Romania enjoyed from this organization.
On March 15, 2006, at the initiative of the Romanian Presidency of the CoE Committee of Ministers, organized was, in Strasbourg, the 22nd four-party meeting between the Council of Europe and the European Union, at which the delegation of Romania was led by secretary of state in the Romanian Foreign Ministry Anton Niculescu.
On June 27, 2006, in Strasbourg, on the first day of the summer session of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly (APCE), European MP Adrian Severin presented a report on the foreign relations of the Council of Europe, a document bringing in focus the problem of the defining of a strategy of dialogue and cooperation with the other organizations of the Council of Europe have to commit themselves more for the promotion of the fundamental values of democracy beyond its borders, and to come with concrete proposals for coherent actions on a foreign plane, apt to contribute to the stability and security of the 46 member states as well as their partners.
On Sept 4, 2007, the members of the delegation of the Romanian Parliament to APCE reiterated the deep disapproval for the manner in which a report was drawn up on „Secret detention centers and illegal transfers of prisoners in states members of the Council of Europe, ” considering that it was treated politically, and not judicially, as it should have been, ” reads a press release of the Chamber of Deputies sent to Rompres Agency.
On June 23, 2008, APCE adopted, by unanimous vote, a recommendation encouraging the Black Sea countries – Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine – to take measures for combating the degradation of the ecosystem in this area and to strengthen the cooperation an national and regional level, on the environment component. Romanian rapporteur Laurentiu Mironescu presented, on this occasion, a report in front of the Committee for Environment, Agriculture, Local and Regional Affairs in a partnership with the CoE office of information cautioning about the situation of the Black Sea eco-system in consequence of an unprecedented pollution, at the level of the coasts, and not only, with toxic and radioactive materials and because of the port activity.
On May 5, 2009, at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, held is a meeting for the anniversary of 60 years since the setting up of the Council of Europe, on „CoE, promoter of democracy. ” Organized by the delegation of the Romanian Parliament to APCE, in a partnership with the information office of the Council of Europe in Bucharest, and the National Press Agency, the meeting includes two sessions of debates bringing in focus topics such as „The Cooperation between Romania and CoE, the building of a democratic system in Romania” and the „Partnership between Romania and the Council of Europe in the period to come. During the event, opened will be, with support of the media partner Agerpres of the protocol-archives photo office of the CoE, a photo exhibition „Romania and CoE.