ForMin Corlatean: Regionalisation in Romania to be conducted along European lines, not ethnic lines

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Attending the Summer University at Izvorul Muresului, Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean reiterated the Romanian Government’s position on the country’s regionalisation, pointing out that it will not be performed along ethnic lines.

‘This theme of regionalisation along ethnic lines is a constant of heated Hungarian political forces or leaders in Romania, mainly in the counties of Harghita and Covasna, and also in Hungary , and it is no surprise to us. From this point of view, Romania had and has the duty, irrespective of governance, to constantly and very clearly affirm what the laws are in Romania, what the Constitution says, what the European rules in this area are that have to be observed by everybody. Regionalisation in Romania will only be conducted along European, economic and administrative lines, which are the standard, not along ethnic lines, and this should be very clear,’ said Corlatean.

He explained that regionalisation should be achieved for the good of the Romanian citizens, irrespective of their ethnic background, to the benefit of economic development.

Corlatean has repeatedly underscored that autonomist models are not a European standard and are not accepted in Europe or in Romania.

The same idea was stated on Monday by President Traian Basescu in the opening speech of the summer university, in his statement that there will be no autonomous region in Romania.

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