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Hungary to endorse Romania’s candidature to OECD, MAE says

Hungary has announced it would support Romania’s bid to join OECD, the Romanian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MAE) announced on Monday.

The Romanian Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been informed by the Hungarian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Commerce that Hungary is endorsing our country’s candidature to join the OECD. The list of the candidates nominated for the accession negotiations might be agreed following decision within the OECD meeting today, September 25, or with the occasion of other upcoming reunions,” MAE says.

The ministry also pointed out that the Romanian diplomacy’s latest actions, targeted to a substantial dialogue with the OECD member states, aimed at popularizing Romania’s arguments and advantages to seek consensus on endorsing our country’s bid.

Three weeks ago, the Hungarian Government announced it had withdrawn the support for Romania’s accession to the OECD, one of the main objectives of Bucharest’s foreign policy, arguing the decision has been made after the suspension of the setting up of a Catholic high school in Targu Mures (central Romania).

“Hungary considers that Romania’s decision is an attack against the Catholic Church, against the Hungarian minority, against the children and families affected,” Magyar Levente State Secretary with the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, said back then.

In June a court of law has cancelled the setting up of the Catholic High School in Târgu Mureş. A DNA file has been opened on this issue and thus the high school lost its operating permit in the same building as the 2017-2018 school year has begun.

Meanwhile, the Government in Bucharest and local authorities in Targu Mures found a solution and the Catholic High School’s pupils were relocated to another building.

The OECD is an international organization bringing together 35 states that promote the development of the principles of representative democracy and free market economy. Romania filed its candidacy a few years ago and a final decision is to be taken this autumn. Accession to the OECD is economically similar to accession to NATO membership in the security field and to the EU in the political field.

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