France and Romania have signed a declaration of intent for cooperation in the field of civilian nuclear power, which aims, among other things, to work “with strategic partners” to build units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant and to modernize tranche 1. The document was signed yesterday by French Prime Minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban, who led a delegation of his ministers to Paris.
Romanian and French prime ministers Ludovic Orban and Jean Castex yesterday (Image: Romanian government)
At the same time, an agreement was signed between the Romanian producer Nuclearelectrica and the French nuclear engineering company Orano.
According to a statement posted on its official website, Orban said the main purpose of the visit was the signing of an updated version of a Strategic partnership roadmap between France and Romania, signed for the first time in 2009. The new roadmap is also based on a Political declaration of strategic partnership signed in November 2018 by Presidents Klaus Iohannis and Emmanuel Macron.
The latest version sets out an action plan for the next four years, Orban said, and aims to strengthen cooperation in economic activities, defense, energy, civilian nuclear, infrastructure, agriculture, communications and culture.
“This is an extremely important document, which establishes a framework for strengthening relations between France and Romania in practically all fields of activity, in the coming period, with mutually beneficial effects,” he added. he declares.
Orban noted that this was the first official visit by a Romanian prime minister to France since 2016 and the first time that Castex has hosted a foreign counterpart since taking office in July. Their meeting also marked the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The Romanian government said in a statement: “The meeting of the two heads of government represented an excellent opportunity to relaunch the bilateral strategic partnership with the signing of an updated partnership roadmap by the two prime ministers, and in order to relaunch bilateral sectoral partnership The new roadmap will give the Romanian-French strategic partnership a new level of ambition, as well as a more structured character. The text of the document includes guidelines, cooperation priorities and in-depth dialogue mechanisms aimed at strengthening Romanian-French relations at the bilateral level, as well as at the European and international levels. Thus, the two Prime Ministers decided to resume the mechanism of 2 + 2 consultations between their Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense. ”
He added: “Furthermore, during this meeting, the two heads of government underlined the common will to intensify economic cooperation, as well as to strengthen coordination and cooperation on topical issues of the EU and of the international agenda, including with a view to the next Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2022. ”
Orban also underlined the “very good development” of bilateral economic exchanges and the impact of French investments in Romania and “expressed his interest and his willingness to attract new investments” from France.
The two Prime Ministers also exchanged views on discussions at EU level on the European economic recovery plan and the future Multiannual financial framework 2021-2027.
Orban also recalled “the particular importance” that his government attaches to the finalization of the process of accession to the OECD, and underlined “the expectations of the Romanian party concerning the support of France for a positive decision in the most promptly ”, according to the Romanian government statement.
Earlier this month, Romania and the United States signed a draft intergovernmental agreement on cooperation to expand and modernize Romania’s nuclear power program. They said areas of cooperation could include the completion of units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda plant and the refurbishment of unit 1.
Research and writing by World Nuclear News