Bogdan Aurescu: Romania’s accession to the EU, a complex process that remodelled society

State Secretary with Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) Bogdan Aurescu said in Vienna that Romania’s accession to the European Union was a complex process that remodelled the Romanian society and brought about a series of opportunities, including an unprecedented development of trade.

Aurescu attended an international conference in Vienna on Romania and Bulgaria’s five years of EU membership held on the sideline of European consultations with Austria.

MAE reports in a press release that in his speech to the conference, Aurescu reviewed the benefits, opportunities and lessons learned as well as the challenges facing Romania five years after its accession to the European Union.

He underscored that by its accession, Romania was offered some opportunities, starting with unprecedented development in its commercial exchanges with European countries, the free movement of people and the possibility to work in other EU member states, as well as the use of European funds for infrastructure and administrative upgrading and social development.

He mentioned that besides the economic and political advantages, an important gain for Romania having acceded to the EU is a legitimate feeling of belonging to a community of shared values and democratic principles.

‘Accession to the EU meant to Romania a confirmation of its efforts to rethink itself and modernise along European standards and values. This was a complex process that remodelled the overall Romanian society,’ said Aurescu.

He underscored Romania’s contribution to the political, economic and social consolidation of the European Union, as well as the regional expertise Romania has in relation to the Western Balkans and the EU Eastern Neighbourhood.

‘Romania’s efforts to complete and promote a European Strategy for the Danube Region provides and excellent illustration of Romania’s European commitments. The Danube Region is directly linked to the Black Sea region and together they offer a significant axis for Europe’s strategic development,’ said Aurescu.

The international conference in Vienna was organised by the Romanian Embassy and the Bulgarian Embassy in Vienna, with support from the Institute for Danube and Central Europe Region, hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Vienna, the Institute for Danube and Central Europe Region is one of Austria’s most prestigious institutions. It is funded by Austria’s Federal Chancellery, the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs, the Education and Research Ministry, the Ministry of Economy and Labour, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Central Bank of Austria.

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