Bucharest, January 20, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Irina Stoica
French President Francois Hollande will visit Romania this year, following an invitation made by the country’s president and renewed today by the Romanian Prime Minister. Dacian Ciolos has today embarked on an official visit in France and has met several state officials, including president Francois Hollande at the Elysee palace. “I confirm I’ll come to Romania this year,” stated Hollande, at the end of the joint statements alongsideRomanian prime minister Dacian Ciolos. The Romanian official had already voiced his hope of welcoming President Hollande in Romania in 2016. “We must prepare together the 2018 centennial of the Great Union of Romania, to which France has had a contribution, and I hope we can celebrate together with new projects we’ve got, this time as two EU member states,” he added.
Main topics of discussion between Ciolos and the French officials included Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, the future report of the European Commission on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, but also the cooperation in the process of preparing our country for taking over the EU Council Presidency.