Bulgaria’s ForMin Vigenin to pay official visit to Romania

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Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin is starting today a two-day visit to Bucharest at the invitation of Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean.

 Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports that the visit is part of the regular bilateral dialogue between Romania and Bulgaria.
The two ministers will exchange opinions on the ways to develop bilateral political cooperation.

Special attention will be attached to enlarging and deepening cooperation in the fields of economy, energy, transport, tourism, culture and education.

Also discussed will be topics on the EU’s agenda, with emphasis on priority issues of shared concern, such as accession to the Schengen Area, cooperation under EU-funds programmes, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the Eastern Partnership, and the EU enlargement.

Also featuring on the agenda of talks are regional cooperation and the latest developments in North Africa and the Middle East.

MAE says that total trade between Romania and Bulgaria was standing at 763.75 million euros as of March 31, 2013, 450.88 million euros worth of Romanian exports and 312.87 million euros worth of Bulgarian imports.

The main commodities exported to Bulgaria were base metals and articles thereof, minerals, chemicals, electric machinery and equipment.

The main commodities imported by Romania were base metals and metallic articles, electric machinery and equipment, foods, chemicals.

As of March 31, 2013, there were 1,677 Romanian-Bulgarian joint stocks recorded in Romania running on an invested capital of 43.10 million euros, number 35 in the ranking of foreign investors doing business in Romania.

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