Foreign policy

In a widely globalized and tightly interconnected world the efficiency of the foreign politics has a direct reverberation upon the entire society.

Romania is acknowledged as a credible and predictable partner. The major guidelines established in the past are being carried on in a more active and more creative manner with reference to the relationship with its strategic partners and with the other states, as well as within the organisations Romania takes part in.

Globally, Romania’s commitments are to promote freedom, to consolidate democracy and to respect international law norms. These are the bases for our security and prosperity; they need to permanently be the reference points for our actions and decisions.

The main framework of action in foreign affairs is defined by the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America, by NATO and the European Union membership. Romania is a steadfast and coherent partner within the organisations it belongs to. We aim at consolidating our role within NATO and the European Union, not individually and as a mere beneficiary but assuming responsibility in complicated geopolitical circumstances and contributing to enforce the European and Euro-Atlantic construction.  

Foreign Policy Priorities

The Strategic Partnership with the United States of America

In a complex security context, the security dimension of the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America has been substantially developed. Romania aims at consolidating this Partnership and at ensuring a robust presence of the United States of America in our country. This will be achieved through, but not limited to, the Deveselu and Mihail Kogalniceanu bases and the involvement in joint military exercises.

Apart from the military-political dimension, it is essential to develop the bilateral cooperation in other fields, mainly in the economy, including investments. An increasing American interest in investing is already being ascertained and Romania is doing its best for this trend to be confirmed and to produce good results for both parties.

Romania as a NATO Ally

The main guarantee of our country’s security is the North Atlantic Treaty. Considering this, Romania supports the strengthening of transatlantic solidarity  and interrelationship.

Within NATO, Romania will continue to plead for the consolidation of the collective defence dimension. Greater attention must be paid to the Eastern flank and to the strategic region of the Black Sea, which is the nearest NATO and the EU border exposed to security threats from the Eastern part of the continent.

In agreement with Romania’s intention to assume an important regional role, in November 2015 in Bucharest the Central and Eastern Europe Countries Summit was held, which anticipated the NATO Summit in Warsaw, in 2016, July. On this occasion, five action guidelines were prevalently analysed:

  •  To strengthen the solidarity and the indivisibility of the Treaty security, including the consolidation of the transatlantic relationship and to support an increased military, as well as political and economic presence of the United States of America in Europe;
  • To consolidate NATO and to carry on the process of adaptation to respond the long-term threats from The East and the South;
  • To strengthen the area between The Black Sea and The Baltic Sea;
  • The need to deepen the strategic partnership between NATO and the European Union;
  • To ensure that a decision of rebuilding a dialogue with Russia will be based on the mutual agreement to observe the international laws.

Romania will plead for a balanced approach of the two geographical areas, for the consolidation of the transatlantic relationship and of the EU-NATO partnership, will produce common responses to emergent threats and will continue to increase its role in the Common Security Defence Policy with regards to NATO.

Romania as a EU member

Within the European Union, we more than ever need solidarity and unity. It is a priority to decisively reject the anti-European discourse and to preserve the citizens’ confidence in the common policies.

Romania takes part in the European construction sustaining the consolidation of the Economic and Monetary Union, the project of the energetic Union and it is actively involved in the process of working out a new Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. Our country concurrently sustains the process of negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership whose success will have a positive economic impact, with its direct benefits and due to the profitable position in relation to the competitors worldwide. It will also strengthen the transatlantic partnership.

Romania encourages the European course of the states in the region, of the Western Balkan states as well as those within the Eastern Partnership who have signed association and free trade agreements with the European Union. We will continue to be the strongest ally in the Republic of Moldova’s European course. This means that we are equally considering supporting the Republic of Moldova’s interests within the European Union and to offer direct and practical support for the authorities in Chisinau to approach the EU up to its accession.

Bilateral relationships

Regarding the bilateral relationships Romania is defined as a predictable actor. There are still special opportunities derived from the strategic partnerships and the privileged relationships we have with the United States of America as well as with states as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The United Kingdom, Poland and the other members of the European Union and with Turkey, as well. 

Besides our prevalent involvement in identifying and implementing the most appropriate approaches in our belonging space we also wish more intense relationships worldwide, with Canada, with the European Southern Neighbourhood and the Middle East, with Asia-Pacific Zone, especially China, as well as with countries as Japan, India, South Korea or ASEAN countries and Latin American and African countries.

In the spirit of this same integrating concept we aim at developing the relationships with the emergent actors from other regions, in the logic of the complementarity of interests.