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Joint statement on enhancing the strategic partnership between Romania and the UK

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Prime Minister David Cameron and Romanian President Traian Băsescu have published a joint statement on enhancing the strategic partnership between the Romania and the UK on 6 June 2011

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President Basescu’s visit to London today as a Guest of Her Majesty’s Government is evidence of the strong and strategic partnership between Romania and the United Kingdom bilaterally and in the European Union and NATO. 

We reconfirm our joint commitment to strengthen the UK-Romania Strategic Partnership. We have agreed today on a programme of joint work between our two countries to promote economic growth in the European Union, to enlarge it to the Western Balkans, Turkey and the Republic of Moldova, to respond generously to democratic reform in the EU’s neighbourhood, including by sharing experience in institution-building, and to protect the security of our citizens including through ongoing NATO operations in Libya and Afghanistan.

Romania and the UK share a common vision for Europe, an enlarged EU, more competitive in the global economy, more open to trade and innovation, more supportive of new businesses and economic growth, based on the free movement of goods, services, people and capital. We will act together in European, transatlantic and international institutions  in support of these objectives.

EU growth

We will work closely to promote economic growth in the EU. Specifically, we will:

  • Drive forward the completion of the Single Market on services, the digital economy, energy  and other fields through eliminating barriers which restrict growth,
  • Promote free, fair and open trade between the EU and our major trading partners, with a focus on completing a Doha deal this year and working towards conclusion of other Free Trade Agreements, 
  • Reduce the overall burden of EU regulation on businesses,
  • Promote innovation, including an EU-wide patent,
  • Ensure EU spending is simplified and made more transparent.
    Economic relations and investment

We have agreed to act together to reduce barriers to business, promote the growing trade between our countries, and support business links, especially in infrastructure, energy, tourism, and new technologies. We will work together in order to enhance Romania’s performance in accessing EU funds and in implementing Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).

Justice reform

The United Kingdom welcomes Romania’s progress in  reforming the judiciary and fighting against corruption under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. We have agreed to strengthen cooperation in this field.

Global security and Defence

We stand together as part of ISAF in the south of Afghanistan.  In North Africa we are acting together in NATO to enforce implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Libya, and will promote support from the EU for democracy and economic reform. We will develop our bilateral cooperation and our cooperation within NATO, the EU and other international organizations. The UK and Romania will work together to consolidate cooperation in the military field.

London, 6 June 2011