New upcoming joint Romanian – Bulgarian government meeting

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Vice-premier for European and Institutional Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria Meglena Kuneva on Thursday agreed, in a meeting at Victoria Palace, to start the preparations for a new joint government session of the two countries to be held this time in Romania.

In March last year, the Romanian and Bulgarian governments met in joint session in Ruse (Bulgaria), with the Prime Minister of Serbia also taking part in the meeting.

The Bulgarian Vice-premier, currently undergoing a visit in Bucharest, was received by Prime Minister Ponta in order to discuss the cooperation development in sectoral areas such as regional development, infrastructure, transport, energy, agriculture, information and communications technology, as well as issues regarding the two countries’ accession process at the Schengen area.

“In the context, it was agreed to begin the preparation for the organization, in Romania, in the near future, of the next joint government meeting, which is to analyze the prospects of strengthening the sectoral cooperation also at European and regional level, based on the common objectives and interests of the two countries,” reads a release issued by the Romanian Government and quoted by Mediafax.

According to the quoted source, the two officials also discussed topical issues at European level, with a focus on the measures undertaken for strengthening economic growth and for creating jobs.

During her visit to Bucharest, Meglena Kuneva also met on Thursday the Romanian Economy Minister Mihai Tudose, the discussions between the two having focused on projects of common interest that can be jointly supported within the Investment Plan for Europe 2015- 2017 (The Juncker Plan), informs the Ministry of Economy. “Romania, Bulgaria and Greece should form a troika at the level of joint projects’ coordination that can be submitted within the Juncker Investment Plan in Europe,” was the proposal made by Kuneva, according to the release.

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