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Visit of the Romanian Ambassador to St. John

The Ambassador of Romania to Canada, Maria Ligor, joined the common visit of the EU Heads of missions to the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador province, between May 12-14.

The main objective of the visit was to strengthen the relations with the Canadian province which is closest to Europe – literally, as the easternmost point of the Canadian territory, but also in terms of trade, given the high level of imports and exports with the EU.

Some of the main topics in the dialogue with the Provincial government members, among whom Premier Dwight Ball, Minister of Energy Siobhan Coady, Minister for Business, Tourism and Culture, Christopher Mitchelmore, were the opportunities to develop business ties with Europe, in the context of the efforts to strengthen the strategic trans-Atlantic partnership and the recent conclusion of bilateral negotiations for a Comprehensive economic and trade agreement, CETA. Dialogues were held also on energy and the possible contribution of the Canadian province, with its energy potential, rich in gas and oil, to ensuring the energy security of Europe.  

The programme of the Delegation included meetings with businesspeople in Newfoundland and Labrador, in the presence of the Canadian Chief-negotiation on CETA, Steve Verheul, as well as visits to research and academic institutions specialized in some of the most relevant areas for the province: energy and marine studies. Some of these institutions have a long standing and strong experience of cooperation with partners in Romania, such as the Marine and Fishing Institute, with a solid cooperation with Ovidius University in Constantza and C-CORE, a multidisciplinary research and development organisation, which focuses among others, on the Black Sea basin.

Note: As far as relations between Romania and Newfoundland and Labrador go, it is worth reminding that the Romanian shipyard of Damen Galati contributed to the provincial program to renew the ferryboat fleet operated by the government of the Canadian province (launched two ships, class RoPax in 2015) and has a working contract to deliver four supply ships for the marine platforms in the territorial waters of the province.

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