Priorities of Romania's future SEECP Chairmanship, presented by Radu Podgorean in Sarajevo

The priorities of Romania's future Chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) - June 2013 - June 2014 - were presented in Sarajevo, on Thursday, by Secretary of State for Political Affairs Radu Podgorean, on the occasion of his participating in the events devoted to the fifth anniversary from the establishment of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs.

In the speech delivered in the meeting devoted to the fifth anniversary of the moment of launching the Regional Cooperation Council, MAE's representative highlighted the progress made in the past few years in the regional cooperation area, as well as the importance of developing cooperation among the states in the region for the advancement in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration process.

Moreover, he underscored the need to focus the RCC actions on identifying key-projects for the region and on drawing the necessary funds for their implementation, mainly IPA funds, the cited source points out

On the sidelines of the participation in the events devoted to RCC, Secretary of State Radu Podgorean had talks with representatives of the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Ambassador Roderick Moore, first deputy of the High Representative of the International Community (OHR), as well as with Ambassador Peter Sorensen, EU Delegation Chief and EU Special Representative.

The two sides approached current topics of interest referring to Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the context of the constant support and assistance Romania granted to the European and Euro-Atlantic track of this state.

Romania, as an EU and NATO member state, closely follows the political evolutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and supports the positive developments, as a necessary condition for a predictable European course of this country. At the same time, the Romanian official reconfirmed his country's commitment to consolidate the interior stability and to create some functional institutions, including through the participation of Romanian specialists in EUFOR Althea mission.

The Secretary of state also reiterated Romania's support for the international institutions present in the area, and for their important role in managing processes that facilitate bringing this state closer to the European and Euro-Atlantice institutions.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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