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Posted by European Council on International Relations on July 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The end of parliamentary session, in July 2013, had opened the gates to an avalanche of reports and statistics on the legislative performances.

The first Romanian Parliament based on one-candidate party list had marked a series of records such as: the biggest number of parliamentary in Romanian history, but also the least productive in terms of pass legislation.

There is one field that marked a net positive trend in parliamentary activities: parliamentary diplomacy.

The former Parliament, in activity between 2008-2012, had marked a time of political isolation and a refuse of natural role as promoter on international stage of Romanian national image and interests by using the tools of parliamentary diplomacy.

In this area the present day legislative had marked an impressive boost in activities.

Amongst the parliamentary with the best track record in this area of sensitive and important realm of parliamentary diplomacy we can count in Senate: the county of Iasi representative: Mr. Ionel Agrigoroaei and in the Chamber of Deputies, The Chairman Valeriu Zgonea, Dolj County representative.

The Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei had succeeded an impressive activity in this field, being the only Romanian parliamentary, in the last two legislatures, chosen to organize a parliamentary friendship group.

This record is related to the Initiative Group for Parliamentary Cooperation between Romania and United Arab Emirates, a group created and leaded by the senator with the support of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and United Arab Emirates Embassy in Romania.



Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei presenting the support for DUBAI- HOST OF WORLD EXPO 2020.

The Initiative Group for Parliamentary Cooperation is specially carved entities created to mark the parliamentary dialogue and to support the openings of the parliamentary friendship groups between the two parliaments.

United Arab Emirates are the main economic partner of Romania in the Arabic Golf area and a partner for extensive political, diplomatic and cultural dialogue.

Unfortunately the bilateral parliamentary cooperation was not at the required level necessary to support such developed relations and the Initiative Group for Parliamentary Cooperation between Romania and United Arab Emirates was designed especially to bridge this gap.

Also, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was involved in supporting the official visit of a high level delegation from United Arab Emirates in a courtesy call to Romanian Parliament and in organizing the Romanian Exhibition in support of Dubai-Host City for World Expo 2020.

Meanwhile the Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was the first Romanian senator and political figure to be invited for taking part in a delegation in Laos.

Laos is one of the key economic actors in the Indochina Peninsula area, one of the Asian tigers of the region and a country of enormous potential for bilateral cooperation with Romania.



Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei meets the Prime Minister of Laos.

The Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was received by the Laos Prime Minister- Thongsing Thammavong, by Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara-Minister of Tourism and Culture, by Minister of Foreign Affairs and by Mr. Asang Laoly -Vice-Prime Minister of Laos, being the first Romanian parliamentarian that enjoyed such high level access in Laos.

Another area that was crucial in the activity of Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was the relation with Kazakhstan.

The Senator has being elected as member of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group. Kazakhstan is the main trading partner of Romania in the region, is the second international investor in Romanian national economy and a strategic partner for Romania in Central Asia.



Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei presenting the KAZAKHSTAN 2050 STRATEGY by President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was the only Romanian parliamentarian elected to attend the unveiling of Romanian edition of the KAZAKHSTAN 2050 STRATEGY by Kazakhstan President –Nursultan Nazarbayev. He was also involved in the visit of Kazakhstan parliamentary delegation to Romanian Parliament, the first of a kind in the history of bilateral relation and in organizing the International Conference on Combating World Crisis and on Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy in Romanian Parliament.

By this sustained activity and marking a series of records in parliamentary diplomacy the senator Ionel Agrigoroaei leads in the international activity top in this legislative session.

Interesting to point out is the fact that: the rich international activity of the senator has not diminished the efficiency of his internal activities, the senator leading also in the statistics on the interpellations addressed to the Prime Minister (8 interpellations) questions (27) and in open speeches (51 presentation).

In the Chamber of Deputy, President Valeriu Zgonea had succeeded also a remarkable diplomatic performance. Amongst his strong points in diplomatic activities we can count: the record of being the first Chairman of Chamber of Deputies invited to attend the Astana Economic Forum ( May 2013) the most important international venue to debate world economic problems and select the necessary measures to combat the world economic crisis.

Thanks to the activity of Chairman of Chamber of Deputies, for the first time, the voice of Romania could be heard at the stage of this international world forum.

Chairman Valeriu Zgonea had also received the honor, grace to his astute diplomatic talent, of being the first leader of Chamber of Deputies invited to inaugurate an exhibition destined to support Dubai candidature to WORLD EXPO 2020.



President of Chamber of Deputies-Mr. Valeriu Zgonea outlines the support for DUBAI-HOST OF WORLD EXPO 2020 exhibition.

The exhibition to support the Dubai candidature for WORLD EXPO 2020 was the greatest event of this kind in Europe and the presence at his opening of a high level delegation from United Arab Emirates had marked the important role Romania hold, result of his intensive parliamentary activity.

The important role of diplomatic diplomacy, lead by deputies leader, Valeriu Zgonea was also underlined by the visit to Romanian Parliament of the high level delegation of Kazakhstan Parliament, the main strategic partner of Romania.



President of Romanian Chamber of Deputies meeting the high level United Arab Emirates delegation.

All this remarkable strategic achievements are representing a new face of the Legislature that started his mandate in 9 December 2012: a more dynamic parliament internationally represented and with a good activity at the level of parliamentary diplomacy.

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