Theme: Sunday, July 21, 2013

Prime Minister Victor Ponta will meet in Madrid with King Juan Carlos I of Spain and with Spanish Prime Minister

 Prime Minister of Romania, Victor Ponta, will pay, starting with Monday, July 22, a working visit to Madrid, where he will meet with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy, as well as King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Also, Prime Minister of Romania will have a meeting with Ignacio Gonzalez Gonzalez, president of the Community of Madrid, where there is the biggest Romanian community in Spain.
Among the objectives of the visit, there are: intensification of bilateral political contacts, with emphasis on ministerial-level contacts in the areas of economy, transport, agriculture, domestic affairs, justice, labor. In this regard, it is envisaged to establish the principle of common intergovernmental meetings.
Identifying impact projects with Spanish participation (in infrastructure, telecommunications, renewable energies), capturing the interest of Spanish investors, given that Spain ranks eight among investors in Romania, and the exchange of experience in attracting and managing European funds are also on the agenda of the Prime Minister.
Also, an important part of the visit pertains to cooperation between Romanian and Spanish authorities in the development of policies to protect the Romanian community in Spain.
Other important objectives of the visit are reconfirming Spain’ support for the accession of Romania to the Schengen area, and reconfirming the Spanish authorities’ position towards total liberalization of the labor market for Romanian workers from 1 January 2014.
Also in Madrid, PM Victor Ponta will meet with Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, the Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE).
The working visit is part of the revival of bilateral political dialogue recorded in 2013 given by the visit of the Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, in Bucharest.
The economic component of the PM’s visit in Spain is especially important in the context of bilateral trade exchanges between Romania and Spain have multiplied four times in the last 6 years and the volume of the Spanish capital investment increased in 2011, 8 times, relative to 2004 level – on December 31, 2012, the total volume of trade exchanges between Romania and Spain was 2410,42 million Euro.