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Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Meleșcanu attends the opening of the European Diplomatic Program, 19th edition (2018-2019)

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, attended the opening of the final module of the 19th edition of the European Diplomatic Program, organized in Bucharest under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in partnership with the European External Action, on June 13, 2019. This Program was created and developed with the aim of building a coherent and integrated European diplomacy.  On the margins of this event the meeting of directors of vocational training within the ministries of foreign affairs of the Member States of the European Union also took place.

The 2018-2019 edition of the European Diplomatic Program focuses on the "Global Strategy of the European Union - From Vision to Action".  In particular, in Bucharest, the main themes of the debate focuses on  the challenges of European energy security, the disinformation phenomenon, and as well on sustainability and prosperity management. The Bucharest edition also brings into discussion the concept of a European Strategic Culture, tackled from the perspective of neighbourhood, integrated security, and multilateralism.

In his speech, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, highlighted the complex nature of the diplomatic profession and the importance that the young generation of diplomats in the European Union has in shaping and developing it. At the same time, he stressed that diplomacy continues to be a profession that requires special human abilities and cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence or robots. Diplomacy implies not only the rational management of argument, but also emotions that are very difficult to imitate by humanoid machines. Even if technology has already created robots that can speak dozens of languages and can analyse facial expressions, they will not be able to read "among the rows" and will not be able to identify or interpret diplomatic signals.

Also, the Minister of Foreign Affairs made a brief introduction to the need to create and develop a European strategic culture, recalling the initiatives promoted by Romania over the last fifteen years, underlining at the same time that the Romanian Presidency brought in the EU elements of specificity and expertise appreciated. Among them, the Romanian minister highlighted the Black Sea region and increased the visibility of the Eastern Partnership during its ten years of existence. Also, during the exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, stronger cooperation with the United Nations was promoted, particularly in areas such as peacekeeping or natural disaster resilience.