Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Meeting of the Romania –Bulgaria High - level Cooperation Council (Joint meeting of the two Governments)


source:http://gov.ro/en/news/romanian-bulgarian-intergovernmental-meeting-in-varna



The interconnection projects and coordination of European objectives - priorities of the Romanian and Bulgarian Governments

The Romanian and Bulgarian Governments will coordinate their priorities in anticipation of their mandates at the helm of the Council of the European Union and will enhance cooperation in the common areas of interest, especially economic, energy, transport, as agreed at the Fourth Meeting of the Romania -Bulgaria High- Level Cooperation Council (Joint Meeting of the two Governments).

The Romanian Prime Minister outlined that  talks focused on the interconnection projects in the economic, energy and transport fields:"The purpose of the two countries is not to build a bridge, but the bridge, the railroad or the highway be the means whereby our economies to become competitive in the European Union ".Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov highlighted the opportunity of strengthening the connectivity between the two countries for the benefit of citizens and economic operators.

The Romanian and Bulgarian Governments established a permanent working mechanism that includes regular meetings between prime ministers, ministers and ministries’ experts.

Also, in the context of the joint meeting, a series of bilateral documents concerning sectoral cooperation were signed.

Thus, the Romanian and Bulgarian Ministers of Home Affairs, Carmen Daniela Dan and Valentin Radev respectively, signed a Protocol between the two institutions for the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on readmission of their own citizens and foreigners.

The document establishes border crossing points for the readmission and transit of persons subject to the agreement.

Thus, for the Romanian side, the border crossing points established according to the Protocol are those from Calafat, Bechet, Turnu Magurele, Zimnicea, Giurgiu, Oltenita, Calarasi, Ostrov, Negru Voda, Vama Veche and Henri Coanda International Airport.

For the Bulgarian side, the border points for readmission are those from Vidin, Oryahovo, Nikopol, Svishtov, Ruse, Tutrakan, Silistra, Kardam, Durankulak and Sofia Airport.

The document stipulates that any eventual change made to the list of border crossing points will be notified through diplomatic channels.

The authorities in charge of implementing the agreement will be the Ministries of Internal Affairs of the two countries, the central and local powers being established.

The protocol also details the readmission procedure, the necessary supporting documents, presumptions on entry into the territory and deadlines for processing formal requests and notifications. The document sets out other details referring to the escort procedure, costs, working language in conducting readmission procedures, and settling eventual disputes.

Another document agreed in Varna was the joint statement of the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice in Romania and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies in Bulgaria, signed by Ministers Lia Olguta Vasilescu and Biser Petrov.

The two Ministries agreed to enhance cooperation through exchange of information and expertise on policies and practices in the field, and to enhance transnational cooperation through the European Investment and Structural Funds (ESF) in the following areas:

Also, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania Ilan Laufer, and Bulgarian Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Invest Bulgaria Agency and the Ministry of Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship.

The document will be the basis for developing close trade relations and increasing the volume of bilateral investment.

The Protocol will allow the exchange of information - on methods of attracting investments, public statistical data, analysis reports - mutual information support in the implementation of different types of activities in Bulgaria and Romania that promote the attraction of mutual investments, collaboration for the development of a sustainable economy and cooperation in the case of projects and programmes connected to the public-private partnership.

An Agreement on the granting of a place of refuge to accommodate ships requiring assistance was concluded between the Romanian Naval Authority and the Bulgarian Maritime Administration. According to this document, the two institutions will cooperate when providing a place of refuge to ships requiring assistance to avoid unnecessary risks to the ship and the environment after the national choices have been taken into account and concluded that this is the solution better for ship safety.

The agreement was signed by Alexandru Mezei, director general of the Romanian Naval Authority, and Zhivko Petrov, executive director of the Bulgarian Maritime Administration.

Another document, initialed today, is the Contract on the Mutual Emergency Supply of Non-Country Energy for Securing the System Services between the Romanian and Bulgarian Energy Systems between Transelectrica S.A. and Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator (ESO EAS). Thus, the two parties agreed on the conditions in which they will grant assistance in real time, in case of power emergency, using the available reserves, without jeopardizing their national power grid. The document was signed by Corina Popescu, general director of Transelectrica, on behalf of the Romanian side, and Ivan Yotov, executive director of ESO EAS, on behalf of the Bulgarian side.


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The Romanian Government and the Bulgarian Government had bilateral meetings in 2011, 2014 and 2015 too, in Bucharest, Ruse and Craiova.

From an economic angle , geographical proximity and EU membership are just two of the many elements that stimulate economic cooperation between the two states. Romania is  Bulgaria’s third largest trading partner in the EU(after Germany and Italy). In 2016, Romania's total trade volume with Bulgaria reached 3.9 billion euros, with 7.26 percent more compared to 2015. In the first 6 months of 2017, the volume of bilateral trade amounted to EUR 2073, 01 million (up 10.51% compared to the same period last year).

According to data provided by the Romanian Trade Register, on  August 31, 2017, there were 2327 commercial companies with full or partial Bulgarian capital and a subscribed social capital of EUR 154.39 million.