Romanian minister to visit Netherlands after all

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Earlier the minister cancelled a visit to the Netherlands over Dutch foreign ministry’s graft criticism.

Bucharest – Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu goes back on his decision and will visit the Netherlands for talks with his Dutch counterpart after all, reports de Telegraaf Thursday.

On Wednesday, the minister cancelled a visit to the Netherlands after the Dutch government criticised Bucharest's fight against corruption, his office said.

The official trip planned for Wednesday and Thursday was called off following the publication of a document by the Dutch foreign ministry lamenting delays by Bucharest in introducing reforms to halt corruption.

"The decision to make public this document is unfriendly and inappropriate in the context of relations between two EU member states," the Romanian foreign ministry said.

"Diaconescu has decided to cancel his visit to the Netherlands," the ministry said.

The document, published Monday on the Dutch foreign ministry's website, was presented to the Dutch parliament and criticised "the absence of systemic and lasting changes" to cut down on corruption in Romania and Bulgaria.

Both countries have faced criticism from the European Union over graft since joining the bloc at the start of 2007, and are being monitored by the EU over the concerns.

He confirmed the letter was sent from the Dutch cabinet to parliament, adding it "fully supported" criticism from the European Commission in a July report about corruption in Romania.

The report decided Romania and Bulgaria must remain under EU surveillance due to corruption concerns for at least another year.

In 2008 Bulgaria was deprived of hundreds of millions of euros in potential funds for failing to respect requirements.

AFP / Expatica

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