British Prime Minister David Cameron has paid on Wednesday his first visit to Romania. After meeting for about an hour with Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, at Victoria Palace, David Cameron arrived at the Colectiv nightclub, where he observed a moment of silence and lit a candle. Then he went to the Cotroceni Palace, where he had talks with President Klaus Iohannis.
British Prime Minister David Cameron met for over an hour Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos. The two officials made no press statements, neither the beginning nor the end of the meeting. They stopped in the hall of Victoria Palace, where they took photos, PM Dacian Cioloş inviting the British Prime Minister to visit several rooms of the Government.
After the visit to the Victoria Palace, David Cameron arrived at the Colectiv nightclub, as on Wednesday were 40 days since the fire, following which 60 people have lost their lives. The British PM was greeted at the site by Health Minister Patriciu Achimaş Cadariu. Also present at the site was the British Ambassador to Bucharest, Paul Brummell. David Cameron observed a minute of silence and lit a candle in the memory of the victims.
David Cameron arrived at Cotroceni Palace and was received by President Klaus Iohannis. At the end of the meeting at Cotroceni Palace, the British Prime Minister and President Iohannis had a joint press statement.
In his brief speeches, President Klaus Iohannis said he is glad to welcome a British PM after 16 years, while PM David Cameron has said the meeting has been very useful and that he hopes a future visit by a British Prime Minister will be paid sooner than another 16 years.
The Romanian head of state said they’ve discussed about the bilateral partnership, about the Romanians living in Britain who pay taxes, exchanged views on the migrants’ issue and thanked Britain for its support for the injured in the Colectiv nightclub fire. An important topic was the securing of the eastern flank of NATO, Iohannis said. He also stressed that Romania’s view is that the EU is stronger having the UK within the European family and the UK is stronger within the EU. Other topics were the situation in Syria and the origins of the migration phenomenon.
In his turn, PM Cameron said the relations between the UK and Romania are very important and the agenda has included issues related to collaboration. The migrants’ issue was underscored as well as the EU reform, necessary in Britain’s view and cooperation in the defence field. The British PM said Romania is strengthening its naval fleet and this could be an opportunity to cooperate with Britain.
As far as freedom of movement is concerned, David Cameron said Britain supports it, however such a freedom brings so many people to the UK and a solution is needed to lift the pressure on public services. Migration is of some 300,000 people per year and it is not sustainable, an issue that will be discussed during the European Council next week. PM Cameron said the meeting has been very useful.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was on his first official visit to Romania, in a tournament initiated on the reconfiguration of the relationship in the context of negotiations between the UK with the European Union, but also on the crisis of immigrants and terrorist risks.
Prime Minister Ciolos said on Tuesday that the meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron was to address the topic of a referendum in the UK for staying or leaving within the European Union.
Incidentally, this will be one of the topics that will be discussed at the European Council to be held December 17-18 in Brussels and Romania will be represented by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos. Before the visit to Bucharest, British PM Cameron went to Sofia, where he praised the way the Bulgarians managed the immigration problems and the measures taken by the Government regarding limiting the immigration.