During an official visit to Paris on November 20, Luminița Odobescu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, met with Mathias Cormann, the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to discuss Romania’s accession process to the organisation. Minister Odobescu reiterated Romania’s strong commitment to joining the OECD and emphasised the need to continue efforts at a sustained pace to align with the organisation’s standards and practices.
Romanian FM emphasised Romania’s voluntary contributions to the organisation’s regional programs. Additionally, she advocated for strengthening OECD cooperation with the Republic of Moldova, highlighting that the organisation’s vast expertise can assist the reform efforts of the Moldovan authorities towards achieving EU accession.
Romania, the largest country in Southeast Europe, was granted candidate status for OECD membership in January 2022. In June of the same year, Romania received a roadmap. The OECD Council has initiated accession discussions with six candidate countries: Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Peru, and Romania. Romania has actively participated in numerous OECD bodies and legal instruments, opening critical dialogues with high-level officials from member and partner countries on cutting-edge thematic issues. 2004, Romania became a member of the Development Centre, and in 2017, it officially joined the Nuclear Energy Agency.
“Great pleasure to welcome 🇷🇴 FM. Important update on progress in the accession process for 🇷🇴 and on our engagement across the broader region – in particular with #Ukraine 🇺🇦 and #Moldova 🇲🇩. We appreciate our strong partnership with #Romania,” Secretary General Mathias Cormann posted on Twitter.
Luminita Odobescu wrote that the two had a fruitful discussion on Romania’s progress with the OECD accession process.
“Emphasized that #OECD membership stands as a strategic priority for 🇷🇴, underscoring our strong commitment to shared values&strengthening the OECD as a like-minded community,” posted Minister Odolescu.