Cooperation phase between Romania and Bulgaria, examined by top diplomats

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Baconschi and his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolai Mladenov have convened on Friday, during a bilateral meeting, the intensification of the political dialogue at top and technical level and the encouragement of the economic cooperation, with accent on the fields of transport, infrastructure, energy and cross-border cooperation between the two states.

According to a release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), within the Friday meeting, occasioned by the official visit Premier Emil Boc is paying to the Republic of Bulgaria, the two ministers examined the bilateral cooperation stage between the two countries.
The two sides welcomed the signature during this visit of the Memorandum of Understanding on Romania-Bulgaria Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013, as well as the adoption of the Joint Declaration through which the two diplomacy chiefs urged the European Commission to extend the eligibility deadline for the co-financed spending through EX-ISPA Programme/Cohesion Fund, voicing hope that the European Commission will adopt a positive decision.

As for the European agenda, the Romanian minister pointed out that Romania and Bulgaria, as European Union neighboring and partner countries have specific convergent interest, which can be promoted via joint projects to the benefit of both countries, of the EU and the region. As well, other current items on the European agenda were approached, of joint interest for both sides, as the European External Action Service, 2020 Agenda.

Teodor Baconschi underlined the importance of coordination of the efforts in joint interest files, as the accession to the Schengen Space and to the euro zone, fulfillment of conditions within the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification, the EU Danube Strategy, support for the Republic of Moldova efforts towards the European integration, as well as for the West Balkan states, support for the Eastern Partnership and a more visible role for the Black Sea region on the EU agenda, including through the promotion of the Black Sea Synergy.

The two foreign ministers made an exchange of views on Romania’s decision to accept the invitation addressed by the United States of America, namely that Romania takes part in the development of the American anti-missile defense system and established that the two sides inform each other during some bilateral consultations on the Euro-Atlantic security issues.

The officials also approached evolutions of interest on the regional and international agendas, as those in West Balkans, Eastern neighborhood and international security.
The Romanian Minister also emphasized the importance of educational and cultural projects aimed at strengthening the cultural ties between the Romanian and Bulgarian peoples. Teodor Baconschi is the first foreign minister received by Mladenov since he took over the ForMin office.

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