The informal reunion of the chiefs of protocol from the European Union member states was held in Bucharest on 13-14 February 2019. As customary, the works of the reunion were held under Romania’s coordination, which provides acting Presidency of the Council of the European Union, where the Romanian counterpart was represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chief of Protocol Călin Fabian.
The schedule of the reunion included a public diplomacy component and two debate sessions on specific subjects within the field of Diplomatic Protocol. The first segment offered an excellent occasion to present several heritage sites that are valuable for our national culture (the Romanian Museum of Art, the Romanian Athenaeum, the National Bank of Romania). The debate sessions provided an exchange of opinions on subjects impacting the Protocol activity of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
In this respect, a series of subjects were discussed on the statute of non-resident officials, the financial privileges applied to the various personnel categories within the diplomatic missions accredited in a recipient state, aspects of the statute held by honorary consuls, the ways to apply the principle of reciprocity in the segmental management of the relationship between diplomatic missions accredited in the recipient state and their officials.
In terms of the contents of the debates, on the one hand, they served as an opportunity for an extremely useful exchange of experience, highlighting a varied case load and a wide range of proposed solutions and, on the other hand, they also served as a good opportunity to identify the best practices in the field.
In the end, the participants in the reunion unanimously confirmed both a very good organisation of the event in its entirety, and the added value of the proposed agenda, able to stimulate profitable discussions to an equal measure for all those present.