ForMin Corlatean participates in informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of Danube riparian states

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Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean on Monday participates in the second informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of Danube riparian states, taking place in St. Polten, Austria, MAE informs.

According to a Sunday release, the event, organized by the Austrian partners, in coordination with the Romanian party, gathers delegations representing the Danube riparian states and the European Commission. The agenda will focus on discussion concerning the stage of implementing EU’s Strategy nation and region wide, the Danube projects’ funding, the implementing of the flagship projects and the role of the Danube riparian cities and regions in the regional development.

The main objective of the meeting is aimed at marking the political commitment and the implementing stage of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), as well as at providing a substantial contribution for the agenda of the Annual Forum of Regensburg, Bavaria, of November 27-28, 2012.

A second informal meeting in St. Polten will make a good occasion to analyze the stage of EUSDR at one year from its implementing and in the context of the draw up of a first assessment report of the process by the European Commission, in consultation with the member and non-member states, participating in the Strategy.

At the same time, on the sidelines of the participation in the EUSDR informal meeting, Minister Titus Corlatean will have a bilateral meeting with his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelleger, as well as meetings with Andreas Schieder, Secretary of State within the Federal Finance Ministry, and Peter Wittman, Deputy in Austria’s Parliament, chair of the Austria -Romania friendship parliamentary group.

Romania is co-initiator of EUSDR, together with Austria, and contributes to the implementing of the Danube Strategy, together with all the other riparian states, based on some national positions, assessments, debates and proposals defined within the national Forum, the Ministry Steering Committee, the Consultative Council and the Inter-Ministry Working Group, created in this respect.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry ensures the nationwide coordination in this area. The event of St. Polten takes place one year after the Summit of Bucharest, organized in the period November 7-8, 2011, where the participating states decided to institutionalize the annual informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of Danube riparian states.

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