PM Grindeanu: Special political ties with Luxembourg, an excellent cooperation base

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Premier Sorin Grindeanu said on Friday that Romania's relationship with Luxembourg is a very close one, and the two states' special political ties provide an excellent base for tapping into the potential of the two economies and identifying new cooperation opportunities.

"Romania has a very close relationship with Luxembourg. We appreciate the constant support Luxembourg has offered for Romania's EU and NATO accession goals. (...) For all this, I expressed the Romanian Government and the Romanians' gratitude. We had a substantive dialogue that covered both the cooperation between Romania and Luxembourg and the important subjects on the European and international agenda. We agreed that our special political relations provide an excellent base for tapping into the potential of the two economies and identifying new cooperation opportunities. We want to confer more substance to our economic relations so as to match the potential of the two economies," Sorin Grindeanu on Friday told a joint press conference delivered with his visiting Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel.

The Romanian PM added that the sides will work on diversifying cooperation, exploring areas such as "information technology, communications, tourism, banking".

"In this context, we underlined the importance of the Luxembourg economic mission slated to come to Romania in 2018, headed by the Hereditary Grand Duke. I am sure this project will be a success and will significantly contribute to diversifying bilateral economic relations," Grindeanu also said.

He added that another topic of discussion was the western city of Timisoara holding the title of European Capital of Culture in 2021.

"Romania's hosting for the second time this cultural event is an important opportunity, therefore we very much wish to have Luxembourg and Timisoara exchange best practices, given Luxembourg's important experience in this area," Grindeanu said.

The Prime Minister mentioned that another subject referred to the major challenges facing the European Union, with focus on "similar and convergent approaches to many files of interest, whether we are talking about Brexit, the future of the EU or the digital single market."

"We support the strengthening of the European project, the advancement of integration despite the multiple challenges we face. We have shown that, under the prospect of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in early 2019, we will also rely on the support and expertise of Luxembourg. We also underscored the importance of maintaining the Schengen Area functional, and reiterated Romania's goal of joining the Schengen, pointing out that Romania is de facto ensuring the security of an important part of the Union's external border. And at this point I thanked Luxembourg for its constant and firm support in this regard. As a conclusion, it was a very efficient and substantial dialogue that we intend to continue in the next stage," Grindeanu said. AGERPRES (RO — author: Daniel Florea, editor: Florin Marin; EN — author: Simona Klodnischi, editor: Razvan-Adrian Pandea)

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