One month before the meeting between the Italian and Romanian prime ministers on 28 February 2014, Minister Bonino and her colleague Titus Corlatean met today to review bilateral relations and issues currently high on the international agenda.
The two ministers reiterated the importance of the strategic partnership and the excellent economic links between their two countries, with trade amounting to 11.4 billion euros. Indeed, Italy is Romania’s second commercial partner and about 37,000 Italian companies operate in the country. Minister Bonino thanked her colleague for his country’s decision to take part in EXPO 2015 and underscored the important contribution made by the Romanian community to Italy’s social and economic fabric.
Turning to international issues, the two ministers focused on Ukraine and the need for a peaceful transition process after the government’s resignation. As for Italy’s EU Presidency later this year, Minister Bonino told her colleague that the Mediterranean Basin would be a priority focus for action. The two ministers also discussed the Geneva 2 negotiations on Syria and the situation in Egypt.