Foreign policy priorities in 2016: Relations with Moldova, expansion of consular network

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According to the strategic priorities for 2016 published by the Government on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has to continue the durable consolidation of relations with the Republic of Moldova, to expand its consular network, improve the enforcement of the European Court of Human Rights and prepare Romania's presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2019.

Consulates will be opened in Bari (Italy), Manchester (UK), Stuttgart (Germany) and Solotviono (Ukraine), and several consular offices in Spain.

An executive committee chaired by the prime minister should become operational to prepare the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union and draft the necessary budget.

Other priorities for the MAE are the relaunch of economic diplomacy, the continuation of consular reforms, the enhancement of cooperation in the Western Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, an increased presence of Romania in the Western Balkans, in the eastern neighbourhood and in the Danube basin, and the promotion of Romania's strategic goals within the European Neighbourhood Policy. AGERPRES

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