Monday, May 12, 2008

Romania insists: No Kosovo recognition

10 May 2008 | Source: Beta, Tanjug

BUCHAREST, BELGRADE -- Romanian President Traian Basescu claims that Bucharest is "still firmly opposed to recognizing Kosovo's independence".

He told the Romanian state television that he "notified EU ambassadors about this", and that Bucharest will not change its position on the issue.

Basescu also said that it was through Romania's and Spain's intervention that Kosovo did not find its way to the agenda of the NATO summit held in Bucharest in early April.

He also said that Romania finds it as one of her most important goals "to see Serbia and Ukraine become NATO members", as that would "secure Romanian borders and bring safety to the region".

Cross border cooperation with Romania

Serbia is realizing its Cross Border Cooperation Program with Romania as part of the EU's pre-accession assistance, officials say.

Head of the Serbian government's EU Integration Office Tanja Miščević told that the implementation of this EUR 23mn two-year project was agreed on in the western Romanian town of Timisoara on Thursday.

The money will come from the EU, via the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), and from the governments of the two countries.

“Previously, we have had very successful projects of this kind with Hungary, and this is the first two-year project with Romania,” Miščević said.

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