Sweden and Romania exchange experiences

It is two years since Romania and Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation and the exchange of knowledge about children’s rights, gender equality and social welfare.

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“The memorandum of understanding has strengthened our bilateral relations and served as a platform for exchanges in efforts concerning vulnerable groups at various levels. At the same time we are enhancing our expertise through study visits at expert level. The MoU has also facilitated cooperation at EU level,” said Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. Here with State Secretary Adrian Marius Dobre of Romania. Photo: Mats Bäckelin/Government Offices

 “The memorandum of understanding has strengthened our bilateral relations and served as a platform for exchanges in efforts concerning vulnerable groups at various levels. At the same time we are enhancing our expertise through study visits at expert level. The MoU has also facilitated cooperation at EU level,” said Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér.

To mark the second anniversary of the memorandum of understanding, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs hosted a dialogue meeting to provide information about ongoing efforts and learn about organisations’ experiences, input and views. The dialogue meeting was co-chaired by State Secretary Pernilla Baralt of Sweden and State Secretary Adrian Marius Dobre of Romania.

Participants in the dialogue meeting included organisations active in Romania (Swedish Civil Society Network for Romania), representatives of the parties represented in the Riksdag, Romania’s Ambassador Iulian Buga, head of the international department of Romania’s social affairs ministry, Ivona Batali, and the coordinator for EU citizens without right of residence, Claes Ling-Vannerus, from the Stockholm County Administrative Board.

In general, the memorandum of understanding has contributed to a good climate for cooperation with Romanian representatives at central and local level. It has also been valuable for Swedish organisations working with vulnerable groups and social inclusion in Romania.