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President of the Czech Republic visited Romania

President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman paid an official visit to Romania on 20 – 22 May 2014.

Among the members of the delegation were First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Petr Drulák and Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Novotný.  The Czech President was also accompanied by a 42-member business delegation.

Miloš  Zeman had talks with Traian Băsescu, President of Romania, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, President of the Senate of the Parliament of Romania, Valeriu Zgonea,  President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of Romania, Victor Ponta, Prime Minister, Răzvan Nicolescu,  Minister for Energy, Constantin Isărescu, Governor of the National  Bank of Romania,  as well as with the Mayor of Bucharest  Sorin Oprescu.   

Both sides discussed strengthening of bilateral economic cooperation including the presence of Czech companies in Romania, cooperation in the energy sector, development of infrastructure in the Romanian Banat region inhabited by a Czech minority, support to Romania´s accession to the Schengen Area, EU´s enlargement to the South-Western Balkans, Europe´s energy independence, situation in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova etc.

The President opened the Czech-Romanian Business Forum in the National Bank of Romania with some 200 participants, met representatives of  30 Czech companies working in Romania, inaugurated the Czech office complex Green Gate Building and  met with representatives of the Czech community from Banat as well as Czech citizens living in Romania at the Ambassador´s Residence

Miloš Zeman also visited the Elisabeta Palace, residence of the former Romanian royal family, where he viewed an exhibition of objects documenting the important periods of the Czech-Romanian history and met leading historians and academicians.

On the occasion of the presidential visit, the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Economy of Romania on bilateral economic cooperation.