by Konstantinos Kollias Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Romania and Greece have diplomatic relations since the year 1880. The cultural bonds and friendship of the two nations, have been reconfirmed in many occasions throughout the centuries. Looking back into the past, it is not accidental that the first action of the national revolution of the Greeks actually began in the danubian principalities, when Alexandros Ypsilantis, on 22 February 1821, crossed the river Prut. In more recent times, emblematic example is the fact that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, then Foreign Minister, was the first high-level official who visited Romania right after the revolution of 1989. Many Greeks have lived and prospered in the hospitable romanian land. Especially now the european integration process has given to Greeks and Romanians the opportunity to intensify exchanges and to work together, developing our friendship even further. The two governments continue to engage together and to join efforts to guarantee social and economic progress for the two peoples and to coordinate for the best promotion of their common interests.Romania and Greece are cooperating closely in bilateral, european, euro-atlantic and international level and within the framework of regional organisations and initiatives. Bucharest and Athens share similar positions on the E.U. agenda, such as the Multiannual Financial Framework along with the necessity for a strong Cohesion Policy and the deepening of the Common Market. Greece is one of the steady supporters of the accession of Romania in the Schengen acquis. Both countries, aiming to consolidate stability and development in their common neighbourhood, are carrying a pronounced interest for the Western Balkans and their european perspective and encourage the EU presence in neighbouring areas, especially that of the Black Sea. During the first semester of 2014, Greece will assume the rotating Presidency of the E.U. The Greek Presidency’s agenda, will be focused, among other things, on EU Enlargement, with particular attention to the European perspective of the Western Balkans and of course on further stimulating Growth and Jobs, with attention to the Integrated Maritime Policy, enhancing of competitiveness of the EU businesses, including SME’s, forging common European policies in energy matters and increasing the attractiveness of Europe as a touristic destination. Equal priority will be given also to the topic of Human Mobility, aiming to embed an open and secure European area serving the European citizens by pursuing an EU global approach to migration.
Greek – Romanian economic and commercial relations