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Telephone conversation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu with the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and future EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell

Press release

The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu had a telephone conversation with Josep Borrell, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and the future EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission.

The Romanian official congratulated his Spanish counterpart for his appointment as future High Representative and Vice-President of the next College of Commissioners. In turn, Minister Josep Borrell congratulated Minister Bogdan Aurescu for taking office as head of Romanian diplomacy and wished the new Government in Bucharest complete success.

In view of Minister Borrell’s new position as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Romanian Minister underlined our country's firm commitment to strengthening the role of the European External Action Service (EEAS), as well as for an effective cooperation with the aim of strengthening EU action as a credible and committed global player. Bogdan Aurescu underlined the need to strengthen EU action by actively promoting the European Neighbourhood Policy and the enlargement process, pointing out that the overall role of the EU can only reach its potential through coordination, coherence and complementarity between EEAS and the actions of Member States.

During the telephone conversation, Bogdan Aurescu emphasized the expertise that Romania has regarding the developments in the vicinity of the Union (the Western Balkans region, the Black Sea area, the states of the Eastern Partnership, the Central Asia region), expressing the readiness of the Romanian side to continue to use its know-how to the benefit of the Union and its partners, in line with the priorities pursued successfully during Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the EU (1st semester of 2019).

In this context, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs declared that Romania will continue to pay special attention to the consolidation of the European perspective of the Republic of Moldova in the next period and, in this regard, he mentioned the telephone conversation he recently had with his counterpart in Chișinău. On that occasion, Bogdan Aurescu accepted the invitation of Nicolae Popescu, regarding a visit to the Republic of Moldova in the coming period.

Also, the excellent relations between Romania and Spain and the commitment to multilateralism, international law and the transatlantic relationship were appreciated.

At the same time, the Romanian official stressed that, for Romania, the relevant and significant participation of its diplomats in the structures of the EEAS, especially in management positions within the Service – both in Brussels and in the EU Delegations – is a priority, asking the future High Representative for his support in strengthening this representation.