Thursday, 31 January 2013

The new Government of Romania reaffirms Support for improving the International Profile of the Country and ODA as a Priority Dimension

After the legislative elections which took place in Romania on 9th of December 2012, a new Government was formed. Titus Corlatean became for the second time the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the national coordinator of the Romanian development cooperation policy. Mr. Corlatean has been involved in activities of the Romanian development NGO platform FOND since 2010, when he opened the first edition of the Romanian-Republic of Moldova Forum, as the Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee in the Romanian Senate.

The Government strategic programme launched by the Social Liberal Union (the party which won the majority in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate in December 2012) reaffirms that the main goal of the external policy is to strengthen the Romania’s international profile. Romanian external assistance will focus on the neighbourhood areas – Republic of Moldova, the Black Sea region and Northern Africa. The programme also refers to developing traditional relations with the emerging countries from Asia, Latin America and Africa, mainly from an economic perspective, while valuing the potential of building new partnerships. Membership accession to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will also be taken into consideration.

According to this document, the ODA policy remains a priority in the diplomatic context, especially for supporting democracy, the rule of law and human rights in the partner countries. This strategic document also emphasizes the need for a structured dialogue with the civil society. FOND – as the CSO main partner of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the national development cooperation policy - will continue the dialogue with the Governmental actors in order to strengthen the Romania’s profile and effective interventions in the partner countries.

Information provided by Adriana Zaharia, FOND 

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