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Programme of President Jerzy Buzek's visit to Romania - key points:,

President Buzek to visit Romania, Wednesday 9 June

Brussels -
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek will be in Bucharest tomorrow, Wednesday 9 June 2010, for an official visit. During this intensive day of consultations, President Buzek will meet the President of Romania Traian Băsescu, the Speaker of the Senate Mircea Geoană, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Roberta Anastase and Prime Minister Emil Boc. He will also meet with the Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Baconschi.

President Buzek will address the joint plenary session of the two Chambers of the Romanian Parliament. He will hold discussions with the Chairpersons of Parliamentary Committees of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. During these meetings President Buzek will have the opportunity to exchange views with representatives of all political groups present in the Romanian parliament.

Ahead of the visit President Buzek said: "I go with a strong message of solidarity for Romanian citizens. Romanians are facing economic hardship and a tough austerity plan is necessary.  We need the reforms not only in Romania; the whole of the EU has to tighten its belt.

The efforts of Romanian authorities to curb the crisis are not easy, but necessary. The EU supports them.

We need more transparency and coherence in the way we conduct economic policy. We need to build common economic policy to accompany the monetary union."

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Programme of President Jerzy Buzek's visit to Romania - key points:

9:00
Meeting with Ms. Roberta Alma Anastase, President of the Chamber of Deputies              

9:45
Meeting with Mr. Mircea Geoană, President of the Senate of Romania        

10:30
Meeting with Chairpersons of Parliamentary Committees of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate

11:00
Meeting with Mr. Teodor Baconschi, Minister of Foreign Affairs

11:45
Joint formal sitting of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies

15:30
Meeting with Mr. Emil Boc, Prime Minister of Romania

16:30
Meeting with Mr. Traian Băsescu, President of Romania

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Notes for editors:

Audiovisual material of the visit will be available on Europe by Satellite (EbS) at the following link:
http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm?page=1&date=06/09/2010&institution=0#88085

Biography of European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek:
http://www.ep-president.eu/president/view/en/the_president/biography.html

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For further information:

Inga Rosińska (Brussels)
Spokeswoman
Mobile: +32 498 981 354

Delia Vlase (Bucharest)
Press Officer,
GSM: +32 476 331 038