Situation of Romanians in Spain and absorption of European funds were the main topics approached during the meeting between Romania’s Senate Chairman Mircea Geoana and Spanish Minister of Labor and Immigration Celestino Corbacho Chaves, a press release remitted on Tuesday informs.
The Senate’s Chairman voiced Romanian legislature concern for Romanians’ situation in Spain during the meeting on Monday, also attended by the Romanian Labor Minister Marian Sarbu.
„I wish we find joint solutions to the problems Romanians in Spain are confronted with, who need support during this crisis period”, stated Mircea Geoana.
„We seek to create a joint information system for the Romanians in Spain and of those in Romania on available jobs in both countries. We must take into account that a great part of Romanians in Spain will never return home, to Romania”, said in his turn Minister Celestino Chaves.
As well, the Spanish Minister underlined that Spain will aid Romania to professiona lly retrain the labor force and to encourage immigrants to return home.
On the other hand, the European funds represented another important topic of discussion between the Senate’s Chairman and the Spanish Labor Minister.
„Spain has a vast experience in the European funds absorption field, which can serve as an example to Romania. Through jointly run projects with the Spanish side, Romania can effectively take advantage of this experience and improve the European funds absorption rate”, emphasized Mircea Geoana, receiving assurances to this end from Celestino Chaves.
At the end of the meeting, the Senate’s Chairman affirmed his support for the Romanian- Spanish strategic partnership, materialized into a strategic working group, as a permanent cooperation formula between Romania and Spain.
On this occasion, the Spanish Minister of Labor and Immigration announced that the Spanish Premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is to pay an official visit to Romania, to be followed by the official visit of King Juan Carlos of Spain.