Romania, an overview

Foreign Policy

In a permanently changing economic climate, international relations are more important than ever.

Efficient diplomacy means successful foreign policy supporting the national interests and those of the citizens. In fact, a far-reaching diplomacy project takes time, resources and especially teamwork and vision. Results come in time, impacting our everyday life in an obvious way. Romania’s embassy and consulate network also serves as the best indicator of how well the interests of each citizen are advanced abroad, as an indicator of  Romanian economic promotion, encouragement of foreign investment and cultural promotion.

How is a country’s profile to be built and promoted in the age of fast information?

Foreign policy priorities help outline a distinct profile of Romania in the international arena, in keeping with the national interest.

 

  • Consolidating Romania’s position in the EU, deepening the integration process and clearly outlining our contribution to a strong international profile of the Union

2011 brings to the forefront of the European debate several topics of major interest to Romania. This is to entail greater cohesion of the region’s voices claiming a greater role in EU decision making. Accession to the Schengen Area, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Danube Strategy, and attracting European funds are among the priorities.

 

  • Consolidating the role, interests and benefits of Romania in relation to an ambitious and pragmatic neighbourhood policy

Romania will back the European Union’s efforts to review the Neighbourhood Policy, with emphasis on enhancing the role of regional cooperation, developing sectoral and multilateral projects.  Support for the Republic of Moldova to become a success story of the Eastern Partnership, support for the Western Balkans in their European bid, and cooperation with the countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia are lines of external action.

 

  • Turning to advantage strategic partnerships and priority bilateral relations

Making the best of strategic partnerships, whether bilateral or multilateral, will result in the development of regional, European and transatlantic cooperation, which will yield long-term benefits for Romania.

The relationship with the other states of the European Union, with the US, Turkey, Russia, China, the Arab states, the emerging powers and the global players is aimed at consolidating cooperation and developing the areas Romania prioritizes.

 

  • Reflecting Romania’s interests in the field of international security

Romania will prioritize and pragmatically back a European security architecture in tune with the national strategy and its role as a member of NATO and EU.

Actions to support international efforts in the post-conflict reconstruction process, fight nuclear proliferation and contribute to NATO’s new Strategic Concept as well as to the process of reforming the OSCE constitute a component of the security outlook that Romania constantly contributes to.

 

  • Ensuring a visible role for Romania in approaching priority global problems; promoting multilateralism

In the current globalized environment, the economic crisis proved again the need to work out solutions at a regional and international level, based on cooperation in the framework of organizations and between states.

 

  • Contributing to managing the world economic crisis and to external economic promotion

Encouraging foreign investment and promoting the nation’s economic interest is essential for the Romanian diplomacy.

Romania’s accession to the OECD remains a priority of the Romanian diplomacy. Likewise, Romania’s role as a donor state that has proved its capacity to offer financial and technical assistance to some of the states in the Balkans and in the Eastern Neighbourhood is an argument in favour of concerted action to promote and support regional economic development.

 

  • Promoting an efficient approach on the relationship with Romanians abroad

The actions to support Romanians abroad will focus on strengthening the institutional capacity by improving consular services and on developing projects likely to ensure, on the one hand, the consolidation of the Romanian community abroad and, on the other, an open and transparent relationship with local authorities.

Preserving the national identity of Romanians abroad continues to be a major objective for the Romanian diplomacy.

 

  • Promoting a strategic approach in point of communication, public and cultural diplomacy

Implementing a coherent communication, public and cultural diplomacy strategy, despite the budgetary restrictions, is very important when it comes to promoting Romania’s foreign policy objectives.

Informing the various categories of the public, the NGOs, think tanks, opinion leaders, business people, and ordinary citizens means developing partnerships, creating a framework for debate in the public space, all  to the end of fostering better understanding of Romania’s foreign policy and role in the international arena.

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