President Basescu: EU 2020 Strategy should take into account development differences among member states

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Romania’s President Traian Basescu on Thursday attended an informal meeting in Brussels of the European Council, saying that the European Union 2020 Strategy should take into account the differences in economic and social development among the member states as well as the conclusions that can be drawn from the ongoing economic crisis.

‘President Basescu showed that Romania sees the future European strategy as a framework for coordinating the economic policies of the member states and for steering joint funds toward meeting the needs for boosted economic competitiveness within and outside the European Union,’ reads a press release issued by the Romanian President’s Press Office.

The President is also quoted as saying adequate funding of the cohesion and common agricultural policy of the EU remains a priority to Romania, and as reiterating the priority attached by the Romanian Government to the development of transport and energy infrastructure, including cross-border interconnection projects, to diversifying access to resources, first of all energy resources, and to the development of the agri-food industry and tourism.

In the same context, Basescu underscored the importance of an integrated development of the Danube area and of capitalisng on the transport potentials of the Danube-Main-Rhine waterway that links the Black Sea to the North Sea. At the same time, he warned about the importance of implementing the Nabucco pipeline project as part of the process of creating a European energy market.

The President also mentioned the difficulties faced by the Romanian Government under large infrastructure projects when it comes to winning ownership over the land that the transport infrastructure crosses. He said that in order to secure a sustainable development of the European economy, a competitive business milieu should be set in place that will provide an as high employment as possible.

Referring to Romania’s expertise, Basescu underscored the need for capital resources to be earmarked for investment, the need for adequate professional skills for an eco-efficient economy, and access to modern technology.
He hailed the outcome of the regulatory process at European level of the financial sector, saying that the process has to continue in order to diminish the risks of a crisis of the same magnitude as the ongoing one repeating in the future. He also highlighted the importance attached by Romania to the European Research Area.

In relation to the employment boosting policies, Basescu reiterated the necessity for coordination among member states to lift the national barriers to the free circulation of workers.
At the same time, the President said placing the European economy on a foundation of sustainability makes it necessary for the fiscal and budgetary accountability of the member states, pointing to the importance of preserving the discipline requested under the Stability and Growth Pact.

In relation to climate change, Basescu reiterated Romania’s pledge, as agreed by the European Union, to negotiations over a post-Kyoto global agreement. Romania supports the target of cutting noxious emissions by 20 percent throughout 2020 and generating joint contributions for immediate financing (2010-2012) and long-term financing (post 2012) to back up the efforts of the developing countries.

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