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The 10th Reunion of the Romania-Bulgaria-Greece Trilateral Meeting

Type: 
Press release
Date: 
03/12/18

On the 12th March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, hosted the 10th reunion of the Romania-Bulgaria-Greece Trilateral Meeting, where Ekaterina Zaharieva, the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and, respectively, Nikos Kotzias, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated.

Discussions were focused on current topics of strategic relevance on a regional level: The Western Balkans, the Eastern neighbourhood, the Black Sea region, the Danube Strategy and the future of the peace process in the Middle East. The dialogue between the three minsters represented an opportunity to reaffirm the convergent objectives and interests, as well as an occasion to identify and implement actions at a regional and European level, in a coordinated manner.

At the same time, the meeting was an opportunity to reconfirm the common will on boosting the political dialogue in this format, as well as to undertake the commitment to consolidate the European project.

Referring to the Western Balkans region, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs showed the importance of the firm support of the principles underlying the expansion policy and the framework agreed for this process, namely: the individual assessment, based on merit, in compliance with the existing and agreed criteria and with the EU Treaty. At the same time, the Romanian official stressed the fact that the region is among the envisaged priorities of the PRES RO 2019.

As regards the Eastern Neighbourhood, the discussions were mainly focused on the importance of connectivity. In this context, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that: “Connecting the EaP states to the EU through close connections in all fields, is extremely important. In this respect, we aim to continue the constructive cooperation in order to implement the ambitious action plan we have agreed upon at the EaP Summit of November 2017, through the 20 actual results, for the direct benefit of citizens, by the time horizon of the year 2020.”

At the end of the meeting, a joint statement of the three Foreign Ministers was broadcast, synthetizing the positions of the three states on the main files on the European and regional agenda. The full text of the joint statement is available at the following address: http://www.mae.ro/node/45280