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Senior official Ciamba to discuss in Strasbourg strategic investments in EU, future of INF Treaty

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The strategic investment clause, with direct reference to the Chinese operations in Europe, and an address on the future of the INF Treaty to a plenary session of the European Parliament on behalf of High Representative Federico Mogherini is on the agenda of the Romania's Minister-delegate for European Affairs, George Ciamba, in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Ciamba was in Strasbourg on Tuesday and Wednesday as the representative of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council.

"We are delivering the position of the high representative for foreign policy. It is an address that Mrs Mogherini should have delivered. Since she was not there for the plenary session, she asked us, as the holders of the presidency, to provide the vision, which is actually of the high representative after withdrawal (...) It is less about the national position, and more about the position of the high representative, of course mentioning some things that we share and have repeated so far - that Russia has violated the treaty and it should not withdraw from the treaty, but do everything in its power to comply with the provisions of the INF Treaty," Ciamba told AGERPRES about his address to the plenary session on Wednesday.

He added that during the two days, besides addresses to the plenary sessions, there had been separate debates in Strasbourg on a legislative initiative concerning the Transparency Code - which is being negotiated by the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union - and Article 40, "which is a right of the European Parliament to be informed about the treaties concluded by the European Union".

At the same time, Ciamba attended the plenary session on Tuesday, where Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte discussed the future of Europe. He also mentioned as items on his agenda a debate on correct taxation and the social dimension of taxation as well as discussions on the strategic investment clause, with direct reference to Chinese investment in Europe.

Ciamba also mentioned his Tuesday speech on behalf of the Romanian presidency of the Council on a report on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the context of plans to enlarge the European Union with the Western Balkans.


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