"Romania needs to use every opportunity to transform its Black Sea port of Constanta into one of the most important parts of the transport-transit corridor connecting the Caspian and Black seas," – said the state Secretary of the Romanian foreign Ministry Maria Magdalena Grigore at the meeting of the Turkmen-Romanian working group on transport, held last week in Turkmenbashi, according to the website "Orient".
Deputy foreign Minister Vepa Hadjiev co-chaired the meeting on the Turkmen side.
According to the Romanian officials, Constanta can become a point of transshipment to the EU of goods transported from the Turkmen port of Turkmenbashi, as well as from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the context of ensuring access of goods from Turkmenistan and other Central Asian countries to European markets.
For the implementation of the plan within the framework of its presidency in the European Union in the first half of 2019, Bucharest intends to make efforts to promote the project of the Caspian-Black sea corridor in the relevant structures of the European Union.
Following the meeting, the parties signed a Protocol, which reflects the plans to develop cooperation in the field of Maritime, road, air and rail transport.
The document also confirmed the determination to intensify political and diplomatic efforts to sign in the future a political Declaration on the establishment of the Caspian-Black sea transport and transit corridor, in connection with which it is planned to hold quadripartite talks with the participation of Azerbaijan and Georgia in the near future.
The joint Turkmen-Romanian working group, which is engaged in the elaboration of optimal transport routes using the advantages of the ports of Constanta and Turkmenbashi, was established on the basis of the Memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of transport, signed in October 2012.