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The President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma met with the President of Romania Traian Băsescu at Toompea Castle today. Current international situation and the problems concerning economy and energy, including nuclear energy and safety, were discussed at the meeting. Mutual relations between Estonia and Romania and cooperation within the framework of international organisations were also touched upon.

In Ergma’s words, Romania is a stable and reliable partner in the European Union and NATO and this visit is an important sign of the good state of current relations and the desire to develop them further. The mutual relations of the two states are based on a similar historical experience, close interests in ensuring security and common outlook on the future of Europe.
 

Băsescu congratulated Estonia on the adoption of the euro and he expressed his hope that Romania will be able to achieve the same in a couple of years.  

The further enlargement of the European Union and the EU Eastern Partnership was also discussed. When speaking about the economic relations of the two states, Ergma said that Estonia is interested in tightening economic relations with Romania which has been a very interesting investment target. Also, the number of Estonian tourists visiting Romania has grown. She also expressed the hope that Romanian investments in Estonia will increase.

Romania’s possible accession to the Schengen visa free area was also spoken about. “Estonia supports the European Commission cooperation and control mechanism interim reports and welcomes Romania’s progress in fulfilling the further criteria,” she noted.
 

This visit of the President of Romania is the first official visit of a Romanian head of state to Estonia. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Romania and the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the relations.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson and Deputy Chairman Enn Eesmaa also took part in today’s meeting.
 

The Riigikogu Press Service

12 April 2011

 

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