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Cooperation agreements between Romania and Belgium signed in Bucharest

Five Romanian-Belgian cooperation contracts in the economic field have been signed on Wednesday in Bucharest in the presence of Albert II of Belgium at the end of the Romanian-Belgian Business Forum which took place in the context of the state visit the Belgian sovereign is paying to Romania over July 7-9. The contracts were signed between: SPET Shipping (Paunescu Group) and Ecoterres Holding (DEC-DEME Group), SCN and SCK-CEN, IFIN-HH and SCK-CEN, APCR and FEB (TBC), Brasov municipality and Tractebel Engineering.

On the occasion of the state visit to Romania of King and Queen of Belgium, the Alliance of Employers' Associations of Romania (APCR) in cooperation with the Federation of Belgian Enterprises organized the Romania-Belgian Business Forum, presided over by Albert II. The main goal of the forum was the strengthening of commercial ties and development of investments between the two countries, mainly in the sectors of infrastructure and agro-food sector. The talks focused on two working panels, one referring to the Romanian-Belgian cooperation in the agro-industrial field, in which participated state secretary with the Agriculture Ministry, Liviu Harbuz, and the other pertaining to the Romanian-Belgian cooperation in the infrastructure field in which participated state secretary with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Valentin Preda.

Taking the floor at the forum were Romanian foreign affairs minister Cristian Diaconescu and the Austrian counterpart Karel De Gucht. George Constantin Paunescu, president of APCR and by Thomas Leysen, president of FEB, moderated the works of the forum.

There's always opportunity in crisis, but this can be capitalized on only if the lessons of the past are correctly learned and if there is an innovative orientation towards the future, Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Karel De Gucht on Wednesday told the Romanian-Belgian business forum .Karel De Gucht pointed out that Belgian-Romanian bilateral cooperation had been facilitated by Romania's accession to NATO and the EU, 'when we finally became members of the same family, which opened new horizons.' Yet there is still room for improvement in the Belgium - Romania economic relations, said De Gucht, who added that Romania is the 52nd supplier of Belgium in terms of commercial exchanges, which is not enough for EU partner states. 'If we look at figures, we see they were positive in the past five years. Belgian exports to Romania reached almost one billion euros, while Romanian exports to Belgium you will soon hit 500 million euros. This is quite a difference. We need to diversify commercial exchanges and help Romania put behind the economic transition period of the last 20 years,' said the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs.