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Minister Delegate for Relations with Romanians Abroad Dan Stoenescu meets with Micheil Saakashvili, Governor of Odessa Oblast

Press release

Continuing his visit to Ukraine (22-24 January), Minister Delegate for Relations with Romanians Abroad visited the Romanian community in Odessa. The agenda of the visit included a meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili, the Governor of Odessa Oblast. On this occasion, the support of the Ukrainian party was demanded to improve education in Romanian as a native language, to harmonize the curricula for the three regions of Ukraine where Romanian communities live, and to counter the identity models that imply the artificial division of the Romanian community in Odessa Oblast. Moreover, the major trans-border projects of the Romania-Ukraine-the Republic of Moldova Joint Operational Programme 2014-2020 were reviewed, as well as the concrete ways to implement them.

The Romanian delegation met with Chairman of the Odessa Regional Council Anatol Urbanskii, Mayor of Izmail Andrei Abramcenko and other representatives of the authorities in Izmail Oblast.

During the talks with the Ukrainian authorities, Minister Delegate reasserted the importance of ensuring high quality education in the native language of the Romanian minority in Odessa Oblast and argued in favor of an approach that would observe the European standards in the field, without allowing the further artificial division of the Romanian community.

They discussed on concrete aspects of trans-border cooperation, Minister Delegate underlining the Romanian party’s availability and openness to provide expertise and to collaborate with the Ukrainian party to implement projects that would contribute to the prosperity of the inhabitants of Odessa Oblast.

The local authorities in Odessa Oblast expressed openness to the Romanian party’s intention to open a Romanian Cultural Center on Izmail, meant to support Romanian cultural values and the use of the Romanian language.

Upon meeting the representatives of the Romanian community in Odessa Oblast the priorities of the Department of Policies for the Relation with Romanians Abroad were presented and the situation of education on the Romanian language was debated, as well as the importance of marking in the public space the contribution of Romanian-born figures in the history of the two countries, and the Romanian associations’ needs.

The delegation of Minister Delegate for Relations with Romanians Abroad also included State Advisor Sandra Pralong, head of the Department for Relations with Romanians Abroad within the Presidential Administration, Senator Iulian Cristache, member of the Committee for Romanians Abroad within the Romanian Senate and State Secretary Cezar Radu Soare, within the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.