Baconschi: ‘Sarkozy factor’ – crucial to re-launching Romania’s relation with France

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Romania’s relation with France has been chiefly re-launched by the ‘Sarkozy factor’, which has placed France at the centre of the European Union and recovered the lost substance of the relations with the new members, starting with Romania, Romanian ambassador in Paris Teodor Baconschi told.

He stressed that the ‘Sarkozy factor’, Paris’s return to the NATO command structures and the economic exchanges are crucial to the Romanian-French relation.

‘There were three factors that re-launched our relation with France: firstly, the ‘Sarkozy factor’, which has placed France at the centre of the European Union and recovered the lost substance of the relations with the new members, starting with Romania.

Then, it was Paris’s return to the NATO command structures – an historic decision meant to surmount the past differences over the trans-Atlantic security architecture. And finally, the substance of the bilateral economic relations: serious French investments made here, nearly six billion euros worth of annual commercial exchanges, massive Romanian export to the French market’, the ambassador pointed out.

Amid the excellent personal relation of the two presidents – Romanian Traian Basescu and French Nicolas Sarkozy – the new dynamic got a major boost from the Strategic Partnership forged in February 2008 in Bucharest.
The document inspired the adoption of a five-year road-map, that features all the big common projects in such key sectors as energy, environment, agriculture, education, defence, motor industry, Baconschi said.

The ambassador added Romania has received signals of support from France for the European agriculture commissioner’s portfolio and he voiced hope that Romania’s choice would be also backed by the president-designate of the European Commission.

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