PM Ciolos in Canada: Major objective of working visit, visa requirements for Romanian nationals
Romania's Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will be paying a working visit to Canada on Wednesday, with the visa requirements for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada being a major objective of it, the Romanian Government reported on Tuesday in a press statement.
The visit is said to be circumscribed to the shared interest in furthering bilateral political relationships and interpersonal contacts between Romania and Canada as well as in capitalising on cooperation opportunities between the two countries, including from the perspective of relationships between Canada and the European Union getting consolidated.
A major objective of the visit is tackling the issue of visa requirements for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada at a political level, as part of the Romanian-Canadian dialogue that is additional to the Romanian-Canada-European Commission three-way format.
"Dialogue on lifting the visa requirements is relevant both from the point of view of the agreement on a strategic partnership between the EU and Canada, and particularly from the point of view of preparations for the signing, application and ratification in the coming months of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)," the statement says.
Part of the visit, Ciolos is scheduled to meet Canada's Premier Justin Trudeau, Chairman of the Canadian Senate George J. Furey and Speaker of the Canadian Chamber of Commons Geoff Regan, as well as Canada's Governor General David Johnston. Ciolos is also expected to meet leaders of the Romanian community of Canada.
The visit will be the first Romanian-Canadian visit at prime ministerial level over the past ten years. It will also be the first meeting with a prime minister since the inauguration on October 2015 of the Liberal government of Canada led by Justin Trudeau, the statement says.
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