Romania – Norway, political and economic dialogue to further strengthen relations between the two countries

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Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta met on Wednesday at the Victoria Palace Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian minister in charge with the European Economic Area and European Affairs, who is paying an official visit to Romania, a press release informs.

On this occasion, the two officials discussed about the modalities to further strengthen the political and development dialogue, as well as on the bilateral economic relations. According to the quoted source, at the end of 2014 the total value of the commercial exchanges between Romania and Norway having reached EUR 675 million (with exports worth EUR 575 and imports worth EUR 100 million).

They emphasized the ascending presence of Norwegian investments in Romania in various areas, such as ship building, the oil and gas industry, IT, renewable energy. At the same time, Romania’s high level of absorption of Norwegian funds was highlighted.

PM Ponta voiced the appreciation of the Government of Bucharest for the support provided by Norway through the funds within the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism in the current financial period, underscoring that through the promoted projects these contribute to the reduction of the economic and social disparities, to the development and consolidation of some long-lasting relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister Ponta also voiced the support for completing the negotiations between the EU and the EEA states — Norway for the next financial period (2014-2019), as soon as possible, in order to avoid delays.

Within the discussions there was also an opinion exchange on the situation in the eastern neighbourhood, the Romanian Prime Minister having presented Romania’s objectives and support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia. The good collaboration between the two countries within NATO was also underscored.

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