Regensburg, March 5-6, 2012
Within the Common Declaration concerning the partnership set between the Governments of Romania and Bavaria, 7th session of the Romania-Bavaria Joint Governmental Commission targets to boost the bilateral cooperation in fields of common interest, with emphasis on implementing the Strategy of the European Union for the Danube Region.
The meeting, co-chaired by the State Minister for Federal and European Affairs at the Bavarian State, Mrs. Emilia Muller, and the Romanian Minister for European Affairs, Mr. Leonard Orban, included an overview of the projects jointly implemented since the last session of the Commission.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides signed the collaboration protocol covering several sectors, such as: economy, transport and technology, justice and home affairs, agriculture and forest, science and culture, environment and health, education, as well as social matters.
It was also decided to collaborate in the process of managing the European funds available to Romania through exchanges of experts. “Since our accession to the European Union, it became obvious that Romania and Germany have common points of view on many topics of the European agenda,” Minister Leonard Orban emphasized, voicing his hope that the current meeting will contribute to strengthening and diversifying the relations between the two States.
Minister Mueller pointed out that Regensburg was chosen as a venue for the event thanks to fact that the city has become over the last years a competence center fostering economic, spiritual and cultural relations between Bavaria and its neighbors from the Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This activity was intensely supported by the Rumaenicum Lectorate of multidisciplinary Romanian studies at the Regensburg University offering the interested people the possibility to learn Romanian and to get familiar with the Romanian culture and history.
As a riparian city, Regensburg is an essential link in the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region. Minister Mueller reminded that Regensburg will host in November 27-28, 2012 one of the most important events of the Strategy: the Annual Forum for the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region.