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Craiova Group, a quadriatral cooperation formula more important than the Visegrad Group
By R. Constantin
The quadrilateral summit that took place in Bucharest today highlights the political affinities, experience and resources of the four South Eastern European countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia.
The name of this group is claimed by the Craiova Group in 2015 when the first ministers of Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia had their first meeting and signed a memorandum of collaboration. The three countries have now joined Greece, which is even more important to the Craiova Group. The four states show that they are potentially important for Europe's stability, for collaborating in vital sectors of the European Union, such as energy, infrastructure, border security.
The Craiova Group, in a quadrilateral format, can prove to be a tool for stability in the Balkans and a factor in promoting the renewal policies of the European Union.
Given that the Visegrad Group appears to be severely cracked because of the nationalist and ultraconservative policies in Poland and Hungary, the populist outbursts in the Czech Republic, the Craiova Group has real chances of assertion as a lever for the fulfillment of the ideals of the New Europe. With a population of over 45 million inhabitants, the Craiova Group (Romania + Bulgaria + Greece + Serbia) is a stronger force than the Blatic States Group (Poland + Lithuania + Latvia + Estonia) and Scandinavian Countries, whose population is almost two times smaller than the six Scandinavian states.
At the today's quadrilateral meeting, a new coordinating regional co-operation was underlined.
"This format of consultations provides a good opportunity to strengthen dialogue and identify ways of cooperation in the Southeast European region, especially in terms of economic development. We discussed today about economic cooperation, concrete projects that the four states I can develop, about the 16 + 1 format, about a meeting in which to concretize the projects that we have just discussed today, "Romania's Prime Minister, Mrs. Viorica Dancila, told Victoria Palace in a joint press release the President of Serbia and the Heads of Government of Greece and Bulgaria.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said the continued existence of the Bulgaria - Romania - Greece - Serbia quadrilateral format is a clear sign that it was constructive and productive.
"I would say that the mere fact that this format of cooperation continues to exist is a clear sign that it was a constructive, productive format and we want to mention that we want to continue to do things to bring us closer, not to we want to have an infrastructure that connects us with Europe and the rest of the world, we want to increase the level of economic development, improve tourism and make progress in all other economic sectors, "Borisov said.
The head of the Sofia Executive said that the Romanian Prime Minister has proposed a series of "very important" projects, one of which consists of a new bridge over the Danube in Ruse.
"We also mentioned the possibility of building a motorway linking capitals, also connecting the port of Thessaloniki with the ports in Bulgaria and Romania, improving the connectivity with Belgrade, Bratislava with Skopje, Greece and Serbia, also in this initiative to improve regional connectivity with Pristina, "Borisov said.
"We need to build a European vision for the future of this region, while fulfilling the criteria proposed by the European Union and ensuring the principles of good neighborliness," said Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that "the talks were very concrete" at the meeting in Bucharest.
"The conclusion is that we will form a joint working group with representatives of the Ministers of Communications and Transport of our countries, we will discuss more concretely the joint projects and we will work closely to prepare for the organization of the 16 plus 1 meeting, which will take place in July this year, and we also discussed issues related to financing and a range of joint activities. "The exchange of goods between Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece has increased in recent years. of tourists to Serbia and also to Serbia to these three countries. We believe that these meetings are very relevant to our countries, "Vucic said.
The next high-level quadrilateral summit Romania - Bulgaria - Greece - Serbia will take place in late June in Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced on Tuesday at Victoria Palace in Bucharest.

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