Romania can count on France’s support for the success of its first Presidency of the Council of the European Union, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian told a joint press statement with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu in Bucharest, on Thursday.
Melescanu brought into discussion the Romania – France Strategic Partnership, as well as its roadmap, a partnership that “has had a major contribution to deepening the bilateral relation.” “We have discussed the joint demarche to update the roadmap, which could be signed even at the end of this year,” Melescanu said. At the same time, he also mentioned Romania’s prospects of being accepted into the Schengen Area.
In his turn, Le Drian underscored the strong connection between Romania and France, “at an important moment for the European Union, in the context in which Romania is preparing to take over for the first time the presidency of the Council of the European Union.”
“The renewal of the strategic partnership and its roadmap will be a reflection on the quality of our relation. I want to place a particular emphasis, in this framework, on the pro-European dimension of our dialogue, on cooperation in the Defence area and on developing our economic exchanges,” the French official stated.