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"We will continue to support the process of co-operation in Southeast Europe, as my goal is to make Bulgaria much more active in this regard," said Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin at a meeting with the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic. Mr. Vigenin's remarks followed an "active week" on the diplomatic front in the region, including a bilateral meeting with Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean on August 22 in Bucharest.
The two officials committed to enhancing political dialogue and sectorial cooperation. "We have had a substantial dialogue, comprising an examination of the progress in the intense cooperation between Romania and Bulgaria and a broad exchange of views on topical European and regional themes. We have agreed that, based on the important potential in the relations between our countries, we should further develop the bilateral dialogue and sectorial cooperation," said Mr. Corlatean. In 2012, Romania-Bulgaria economic exchanges amounted to EUR 3.2 billion.
On August 26-27, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta paid a visit to Moldova whose relations with Russia deteriorated recently due to the alleged ambition of Transnistria to declare its independence by 2015. Mr. Ponta, his Moldovan counterpart Iurie Leanca and EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger participated in the inauguration of the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline works, consisting of a "42 km long interconnector (which) is the first and only direct gas pipeline connecting Moldova and the EU." Regional analysts said they expect a number of strategic developments in the upcoming years, especially in the field of energy.
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