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Three Seas Initiative Summit: PM Dancila fails to meet EC President Juncker. President Iohannis holds that Romania wants robust trans-Atlantic relationship

Romanian Prime Minister, Viorica Dancila has failed on Monday to meet European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, at the Baneasa Bucharest Airport at 18.30h, as the visiting aircraft has landed earlier than scheduled, sources say.

The EC President was taken over by the Guard and Protocol Service (SPP) and driven over to the hotel, sources also say. Official sources have told hotnews.ro that the decision to leave the Baneasa Airport was made by Juncker.

The Government informs that the EC representation in Bucharest has informed that the aircraft having Junker onboard informed that the landing would take place at 18.30h.

On the other hand, PM Dancila left the Government offices at 17.30h heading to Baneasa Airport.

Sources say that the car which has taken over the EC President has made a round tour around the airport so that PM Dancila might meet President Juncker, Sources say that Dancila could later meet the EC President when leaving Bucharest.

President Iohannis says Romania wants a robust trans-Atlantic relationship

President, Klaus Iohannis, has said on Monday, at the opening of the ‘Three Seas Initiative Summit’ that Romania has the potential to become a regional energy hub and that the business forum is a special instrument by stimulating the investment projects in the region.

The head of state has sent a message to the US partners, claiming a robust relationship is needed. He hailed the presence of the American companies in Bucharest, adding that a hot issue is the offshore bill.

“We are counting on the support of the European institutions, I salute the presence of the institution and I want to fully capitalize on it. The Three Seas Initiative Summit could directly contribute to it. The participation of the US to the initiative is as much important, as well as the presence of the US companies in the region. Regional connectivity has also economic significance. Romania is deeply connected to the European culture and a strong supporter of the European project, which has also built a strong partnership with the United States,” President Iohannis said at the ‘Three Seas Initiative Summit’ in Bucharest.

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, nine heads of state, two national parliaments’ speakers, a prime minister, a foreign affairs minister, and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry take part in Bucharest, on September 17-18, to the third ‘Three Seas Initiative Summit’, hosted by President Klaus Iohannis.

President Iohannis opened the Business Forum on Monday, September 17.

Croatia’s President proposes 11 cooperation projects

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic told the opening ceremony of the Business Forum within the Three Seas Initiative summit that the organising countries of the forum can be “the backbone of the EU convergence” and that Croatia has come to Bucharest with 11 cooperation projects.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said that their countries can become the backbone of the EU economic convergence, even if differences among them “are still visible”. “I think this forum will identify the most important aspects to develop our joint projects”, she said.

The Croatian president announced that following the short list of concrete cooperation projects agreed in Warsaw summit last year, Croatia is coming to Bucharest now with 11 concrete projects, worth over EUR 12 billion. Among them, seven projects are in the transports field, three in the energy sector and one on the e-commerce.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic exemplified some of these projects, such as the Montenegro-Adriatica gas pipeline, the modernization of the railway line that links the Baltic Sea to the southeastern Europe, then Via Carpatica-a railway line destined to the freight transport that “Croatia must join“, the Rail Corridor 11, also known as the Amber Railway Line, and also projects on the river transport field.

Croatia’s President also announced that a digital communication forum will take place in Zagreb in October, within the same Three Seas Initiative.

On Tuesday, September 18, the Summit Plenary Session will be moderated by President Klaus Iohannis and will have press statements with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and with US Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

What was Juncker’s message for Romania?

The EC President Jean Claude Juncker told the official dinner last evening about his connections with Romania and about the importance of Romania’s joining the European Union.

We are grateful that we are received as princes in this beautiful country. When we were young we fell in love with Romanian culture, with Romanin literature (…) I am proud that back into 2005 during the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Council, with myself being the acting president of the European Council, I signed the accession treaty to the European Union of Romania and Bulgaria. That day was one of reconciliation between the European history and geography. But it was not the first day Romania proved to the world that the flame of freedom and democracy was live in this country’s history. This feeling, this conviction goes as far back as the history of this country,” Juncker stated.

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