Presidency confirms visit of French President Emmanuel Macron on August 24. On the agenda: strategic partnership, cheap labour force

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President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron will pay a visit to Romania on August 24 at President Klaus Iohannis’s invitation, the Presidential Administration announced on Monday in a press release, confirming information published by ‘Romania Journal’ last week.

According to the quoted source, the discussions that will take place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace will focus on the development and strengthening of the Strategic Partnership bilateral relation, as well as on the main topics on the European, international and security agenda.

At the end of the meeting, the two presidents will hold a joint press conference.

The visit was agreed upon at the two officials’ meeting on the sidelines of the European Council meeting on June 23, when Emmanuel Macron accepted Klaus Iohannis’ proposal to pursue the dialogue in Bucharest, the Presidential Administration says.

Besides the official release, international media say other issues will be on the agenda as well. Thus, French President Emmanuel Macron will press for rules to better protect French workers from what they see as unfair labour competition from Eastern Europe, an official said on Monday – according to Reuters, quoted by Romanian media.

The official described the visit as “an important symbol, since these are countries which in the past have been neglected, or ignored by France, or at the very least they feel as if this has been the case.”

The official said Macron would seek stricter rules on “social dumping” during his August 23-25 trip to Austria, Romania and Bulgaria, when he would also hold talks with the Czech Republic and Slovakian prime ministers.

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