Romania supports Turkey's EU bid: PM

09:19, May 29, 2008

Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Wednesday assured the visiting Speaker of Turkey's Grand National Assembly Koksal Toptan of Romania's unreserved support for Turkey's bid to join the EU.

"We support without reservation Turkey's EU accession and we want to offer you support based on our expertise acquired during the process of Romania's accession," said Tariceanu during his meeting with Toptan, who is paying an official visit to Romania.

"Bilateral relations of the two states are perfect and can serve as an example to other countries," Toptan said while thanking for Romania's support for his country's efforts for EU membership.

Bilateral economic cooperation was another subject approached during the meeting, with Toptan expressing hopes to see Romanian investments in Turkey advance as much as possible and for common investments to be initiated.

"We consider that Romanian and Turkish companies must seek common solutions to invest on third markets," said Toptan.

Energy is another field where Turkey and Romania could cooperate, they said, referring to projects such as interconnecting the cities of Constanta and Istanbul via an undersea power cable, the Nabucco oil pipeline and stopping Black Sea pollution.

"Romania is one of the most fervent supporters of this project (Nabucco), that is highly important for our country, for Turkey, but for the EU as well," said Tariceanu, adding that Turkey is in a key-position for the success of this European project.


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