Bogdan Aurescu to represent Romania at Ministerial Conference of Francophonie

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State Secretary for strategic affairs Bogdan Aurescu will represent Romania at the 25th session of the Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie to be held in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Romanian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

Over 60 delegations from the Francophone states that are members of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) are expected to attend. The agenda of the meeting includes topical global political and economic issues and the political developments in the French-speaking area. The participants in the conference will establish the programmes and projects the Organisation is to implement in the member states over 2010-2013.

Aurescu will also attend an official ceremony on Tuesday in which Professor Alain Pellet, a member of the Romanian team in the case on The Black Sea Maritime Delimitation (Romania vs Ukraine) judged at the International Court of Justice in The Hague will be presented a decoration awarded by President Traian Basescu.
Romania set up a programme of PhD- and post-PhD scholarships aimed at the researchers from the French-speaking states.

Romania also benefited over 2006-2009 from the OIF programme ‘The French Language in the EU’ that seeks to strengthen the use of French as a working language in the European institutions. Romania hosted the 11th Summit of the Francophone States on Sept. 28-29, 2006; it was the first state in Central and Eastern Europe to have staged an event of such breadth in the history of the Francophonie. The secretary-general of the Francophonie named Romania a ‘beacon state’ of the Francophonie for the Central and Eastern European region due to its constant actions in this field.

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