Publicat pe 22/06/2017

Bucharest, June 22nd, 2017: The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR), Mr. Mihai Daraban, received on June 22nd, at CCIR Business Center, the working visit of H.E. the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bucharest, Mrs. Stella Ronner-Grubacic.

Recently, CCIR offered to the public opinion an information document on Brexit, which triggered the initiative of the members of Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest to hold this working meeting, H.E. the Ambassador being on her first official visit to CCIR.

During the meeting, the economic relations between the two countries were debated, starting with statistical data that placed the Netherlands on the top of foreign investors in Romania, and there were also analyzed the effects of Brexit on the EU.
The President of CCIR, Mr. Mihai Daraban presented the CCIR’s efforts to represent the Romanian business environment, especially beyond the borders of the EU, and stressed that the CCIR is “the only institution that has both the infrastructure and the expertise needed to make the voice of the companies heard”.

H.E. the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Mrs. Stella Ronner-Grubacic said that the Netherlands is looking for partners who share the same vision on the future of the EU with regard to Brexit: “A special point of interest for Netherlands is the negotiation of the EU’s multiannual budget in the context of losing a significant contributor, namely the UK, which contributes 13.45% to the EU budget, that is, 10.76 billion Pounds a year”.

In reply, the CCIR President stressed that it is important to develop several large projects at EU level: “Such a project is the revitalization of the Danube Strategy and the use of the river for economic purposes. Constanța Port can serve as a hub for Central and Eastern Europe and can work in complementarity with the Port of Rotterdam. Constanţa has the advantage of being the only Black Sea port that can accommodate heavy-duty vessels, regardless of the category they belong to”.

 

Background:

Netherlands is one of the founding countries of the European Union and has an important role to play in promoting cooperation at Community level. Two fundamental EU treaties were signed in Maastricht in 1992 and in Amsterdam in 1997.

Netherlands ranks 1st position regarding the foreign direct investment in Romania. According to the data provided by ONRC, currently there are 5013 Dutch companies with a total subscribed capital of 9.040 billion Euros.