ForMin Diaconescu pays working visit to the Netherlands

Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu paid a working visit to the Netherlands, at the invitation of his Dutch counterpart Maxime Verhagen, on Thursday Sept 3.

Diaconescu held talks with Verhagen, with Minister of European Affairs Frans Timmermans and with the members of the European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Representatives in the Hague, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry informs in a release.

Both during the talks with the two Dutch ministers and with the members of the European Affairs Committee, Diaconescu presented the progress Romania had been making in the fields subject to the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, with the Netherlands offering one of the most substantial bilateral assistance, at the level of the EU member states, with a view to reforming justice and combating corruption in Romania.

The debate came before the Committee’s members and the Dutch Minister of European Affairs were tackling the topic.

During the discussions at the governmental and the parliamentary levels it was agreed on the streamlining the cooperation with the Dutch side for strengthening the eastern border in view of Romania’s joining the Schengen Space.

The two sides agreed to continue the cooperation programmes on the legal system and the National Institute of Magistracy.

The Romanian and the Dutch foreign ministers decided to coordinate the projects and cooperate for Afghanistan, the southern command, the release reads on.

At the Romanian side’s proposal, the two ministers agreed to continue exploring the possibility of a European project on the Roma, and putting forth the topic in the dialogue at the EU level.

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