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Minister George Ciamba, Peer Level Meetings with the Officials Attending the Munich Security Conference

On the second day of the Munich Security Conference, February 16th, 2019, the minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, had a number of bilateral meetings with peer officials attending the conference.

In Munich, Minister George Ciamba conferred with the EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier. The two officials discussed about the developments in the file regarding the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU. The minister delegate reiterated that the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is open to ensuring the conditions for immediate dialogue, should there be a clear position of the British government. The European Union favours and orderly and predictable UK withdrawal. The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement that was rejected by the Parliament in London offered the best conditions for both parties. George Ciamba imparted the support of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council for the advancement of the contingency plans developed in this file.

On the margins of the Security Conference, the minister delegate had a bilateral meeting with Aurelia Frick, minister of foreign affairs, justice and culture of the Principality of Liechtenstein. The Romanian official conveyed Romania’s congratulations on the 300th anniversary of the Principality of Liechtenstein, a notable event in the history of the country. The two officials reviewed the good diplomatic relations between the two countries. George Ciamba conveyed that Romania is open to strengthening cooperation in the economic field and welcomed the presence in the country of a number of important companies from the Principality of Liechtenstein. Minister Delegate George Ciamba imparted that the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is open to keeping on strengthening cooperation between the EU and the EFTA member states (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

On the same day, the Romanian official conferred with Miroslav Lajčák, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Slovakia, the country that currently holds the OSCE Chairmanship. George Ciamba and Miroslav Lajčák exchanged views on the ways to cooperate during the term of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The topics of discussion included enlargement, the future of the EU, the Sibiu Summit, as well as the future elections in Ukraine. The Romanian minister emphasised the good cooperation between the EU and OSCE.

The meetings continued with a set of exchanges with George Katrougalos, minister of foreign affairs of the Hellenic Republic. George Ciamba congratulated the Greek official for his recent appointment to the office and wished him a fruitful mandate. The Romanian minister welcomed one more time the validation of the Prespa Agreement by the Parliament in Athens, an essential step towards the European future of the Western Balkans.

On the occasion of the same event, the minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, had a bilateral exchange with the foreign minister from Skopje, Nikola Dimitrov. Their discussions focused on the road to Europe of North Macedonia, an EU candidate country. George Ciamba congratulated Nikola Dimitrov for the efforts made to validate the agreements both countries assumed through the votes of the legislatures from Skopje and Athens. This reconciliation stands for an essential pillar for the stability and the European future of the Western Balkans. Minister delegate George Ciamba conveyed the high official from Skopje the firm support message of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council towards the attainment of his country’s European goal. The two officials agreed to create a Romania – North Macedonia – Greece cooperation format in the near future, given the ambitious Western Balkans agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.

Enlargement was a topic the minister delegate for European affairs also addressed in his discussions with Johannes Hahn, European commissioner for neighbourhood policies and enlargement negotiations. George Ciamba affirmed the firm commitment of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council to advance this file to the largest possible extent.

In his meeting with Fiona Hill, special assistant to the U.S. president for Europe and Russia, the minister delegate pointed to the need to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. The Romanian official pointed in the exchange that, as the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Romania will continue to strengthen and support the development of the transatlantic relation. The two dignitaries also conferred on the efforts that both the European Union and the United States are making to counter the disinformation phenomenon. George Ciamba imparted that this is also a priority topic on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.

In Munich, Minister Delegate George Ciamba also conferred with Kiron Skineer, director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State and advisor to the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The American official welcomed the results obtained by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, including in the energy sector.

Also on the margins on the Munich Security Conference, the minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, had a bilateral meeting with Kurt Volker, the U.S. special representative for Ukraine. The two officials discussed about the security situation in the Black Sea Region, placing special emphasis on the developments in the conflict from Ukraine.

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