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PM Grindeanu: Romania is ready to start accession negotiations with the OECD

Romania is ready to start accession negotiations with the OECD as soon as possible, as a reconfirmation of the economic progress and the level of development achieved by our country, but for reaching this objective it also needs the support of foreign partners, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said on Thursday.

“Romania has made steady progress over the last few years to assimilate the OECD instruments and to participate widely to the organization’s working structures. We are actively consulting and we are interested in working more closely with the OECD in many key areas such as macroeconomic policies, corporate governance, liberalization of capital flows, migration and more. (…) Romania is ready to start accession negotiations with the OECD as soon as possible. The membership of the organization will be a reconfirmation of the economic progress of our country, of its development level. It will mean a more efficient public administration and more suited to the requirements of a global world. We strongly believe that this can happen soon. We are aware of the difficulty of the process and we are willing to do everything we can, everything that depends on us,” PM Sorin Grindeanu said on Thursday in the speech given at the opening of the event ‘Romania and OECD – Current and Future Perspectives’ organized at the National Bank of Romania (BNR) headquarters.

The Prime Minister pointed out that our country also needs the support of OECD member countries to achieve this goal.

“To achieve this we need not only the will of our country, the will of Romania, but also the support of our foreign partners, of the OECD member states, which we want to be able to count on in order to achieve this goal. The support from the business environment, the Parliament, the BNR, the opinion-makers in Romania, the academic environment, I think we can see it fully,” Grindeanu added.

The prime minister also pointed out that Romania is in a particularly favourable economic moment, “marked by economic growth, according to Eurostat, of 5.6% of GDP in seasonally adjusted series in the first quarter of 2017.”

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