Update2: Liviu Dragnea-Hans Klemm talks. PSD leader – dissatisfied by the development of the economic dimension within the strategic partnership

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US Ambassador to Bucharest, Hans Klemm, has had talks on Tuesday with Chamber of Deputies Speaker, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea at the Parliament Palace. The US envoy made no statements regarding the talks.

Ana Birchall, deputy Prime Minister for implementing strategic partnerships has also attended the meeting, digi24.ro reports.

After the talks, the Chamber of Deputies Speaker said that discussions have focused on the economic dimension of the strategic partnership. “I am very dissatisfied by this strategic partnership, which is very important for Romania, vital for Romania, but has developed during the past years on its military and national security component, nevertheless the economic dimension is left behind. Unfortunately, within this partnership, Romania has not had the economic gains that it could have. Other countries gained more – the investing component from US companies. This was the main topic of discussion,” Liviu Dragnea said.

The PSD leader added that another issue referred to cooperation within NATO.

“We’ve discussed about the situation within NATO and a little bit about the talks in Munich, during the very important NATO meeting, about our commitment to develop the partnership on the defence industry and about our firm intent to develop the defence industry in Romania. I was assured that the US partners share this wish,” Dragnea said.

In terms of investment, Dragnea said they might focus in the coming period on the cinematographic production.

“Yesterday I met the Vice-president of Universal Studios, who expressed his wish to have cinematographic productions in Romania, which is a great advantage for us from the financial point of view and not only. I told him we are totally open. (…) I told him I will talk to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Culture, so that in two-three weeks’ time a US team to come to discuss with the Government and not only. I’ve discussed this issue with Mr. Ambassador Klemm and he mentioned he has talked with the Vice-president this morning,” Liviu Dragnea said.

Liviu Dragnea said that the meeting did not approach the issue of justice. “Justice was not on the agenda. If it were, I would have refused the talks,” Dragnea said, according to ziare.com.

“I guess you refer to the discussions about DNA,” Dragnea has told the journalists. “As long as I or the institution is not on the decisional chain, there was no reason for me to approach such issues,” Dragnea said.

It is known that the US ambassador has repeatedly drawn attention to attacks on Justice. It is likely that the two have discussed Justice issues, in the context in which, on Thursday  Justice Minister Tudorel Toader is to read in Parliament the report on the activity of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), amid the scandal triggered by the recordings released in the public space by former deputy Vlad Cosma.

The last meeting they had in Parliament was in November 2017, when they discussed the laws of Justice and the establishment of a Holocaust museum in Romania.

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