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EPP MEP Ramona Mănescu: The project agreement signed with UNESCO will bring education to 150.000 out-of-school children in the Middle East and Asia

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EPP MEP Ramona Mănescu attended a high-level panel discussion on education and development entitled „Connecting the SDGs: The Key Role of Education” on 28 February, organised by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, founder of the Education Above All Foundation, UN SDG Advocate and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

Today, more than 61 million children are out of school. This exclusion generates skills gaps and causes unemployment, poverty, inequality, and instability, which stunt economic growth and prevent young people from fulfilling their potential. The high-level panel discussed these challenges and examine how investing in education can drive human development and advance the sustainable development agenda.

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Today’s event „comes in a time of great need and hardship for so many of the children and youth of this world that need education almost as much as they need access to water, food, and shelter. Even the future success of UN Sustainable Development Goals, as a whole, is threatened by the sheer number of people that can’t access any form of education. As a member of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committees of the European Parliament, I can clearly say that any future plan regarding vast regions of this world, must put at their very basis, the education goal.”, Mănescu said.

Mănescu drawed attention on the situation in Syria, where people living the countless refugees camps, waiting for „pacification” and „security” start thinking that education is not a solution anymore. „They need it now as much they need peace and security”, the MEP said. 

„Anyone that is denied, for so long, access to education, has also a denied future. This brings anger, desperation, and alienation. How can we think of successful sustainable development when hundreds of millions have problems in securing even their basic needs? How can we think of successful sustainable development when so many countries, unfortunately placed exactly in the areas that are the hardest hit by the effects of climatic changes, are troubled by conflicts and insecurity? In a world that moves so fast, where not only the goods and services markets are globalised but the jobs market also, access to education is needed today, not tomorrow. I am convinced that failing to do so means that today, instead of planting the seeds of future development we are planting the seeds of future, endless problems.  It is our duty to take this message further, to expose it everywhere there are ears that can listen but also where ears seem to be deaf to such arguments. Especially there we must double, triple our efforts.”

”My experience in the European Parliament has shown me that we have success models and examples that can be replicated all over the world. We have the examples in Europe and many other corners of the world, where countries are successful today due to their educational investments from yesterday. There are countries that lack almost any natural resources or strategic position on the map. But still are successful and their people live good and meaningful lives. Education is the key and this is not a well-kept secret but something that can be copied by everyone. European Union is doing a great job in terms of education for its citizens. It is also one of the top donors – the biggest actually for some parts of the world – for programs that support education and help children and young people to return to schools and have a school where to return to. Maybe we are not so successful in advertising this work and effort. This doesn’t make it smaller or less effective. But maybe it must be put into light more so it can be an example for so many others that are capable to support this effort. To be seen more even by those that it is addressed to, so they can understand that there is hope, they have friends and help is coming”. 

The keynote speakers of this high level UNESCO event, Madame Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General and H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder of the Education Above All Foundation and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education are both deeply involved in the implementation of Education 2030 Agenda, an essential part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ”I was particularly impressed by Madame Audrey Azoulay contribution to the protection of cultural heritage for the future generations, especially those places threatened by the war destructions. It gives me hope and it is a lesson for everyone. By personal example and implication can be achieved so much!”, Mănescu said.

”Also, H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser work together with the Education Above All Foundation in providing quality education to children everywhere is simply amazing and is an undeniable proof of Qatar’s long-term commitment to support UNESCO’s activity and make education accessible to those that need it the most – the children. The agreement signed with UNESCO today, in Paris, will bring education to 150- thousand more out-of-school children in the Middle East and Asia. This is a very direct and concrete example of personal involvement and the positive results it can generate.

”The messages and examples from today’s event in Paris must be taken further and spread to all those that must listen to them”, concluded Mănescu.

The agreement signed with UNESCO will bring education to 150.000 out-of-school children in the Middle East and Asia

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Foreign Affairs Minister Ramona Mănescu: The Strategic Partnership with the US is the central focus of the Romanian diplomacy, while the accession to Schengen remains a priority

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Foreign Affairs Minister Ramona Mănescu said on Thursday that Romania’s accession to Schengen remains a priority of the Romanian diplomacy.

“Evoking the period when I was MEP, I can certainly tell you that (…) all the time both [the European] Parliament and the Commission said Romania was prepared to join Schengen, from a technical and logistical point of view. (…) Practically, we function de facto as a Schengen member state, but de jure we are not regarded as such. Romania doesn’t ask anything but the observance of the Treaty, we are members with full rights, we met our commitments and we seriously continue to meet them, no one can challenge Romania’s contribution to the security space, because we are not talking only about the eastern flank of NATO, we are also talking about EU’s eastern flank,” Ramona Mănescu told Antena 3 private television broadcaster on Thursday, quoted by Agerpres.

She maintained that the Romanian citizens “have all the right to get this well-deserved position of Schengen member state.”

“This is not something we must beg for, or be made a favour. It is provided in the Treaty and it must be observed. (…) I assure you we keep this on the agenda as priority topic, and all bilateral and extended discussions will include the Schengen accession component, we won’t stop from telling our colleagues in the EU that the Romanian citizens have the same rights,” Mănescu underscored, mentioning that, at present, in the Council half of the states support Romania’s accession to the free movement area, and the others oppose.

The Foreign Minister also pointed out that the Strategic Partnership with the US must remain the central focus of the Romanian diplomacy.

She also showed that Romania has the same position towards Russia as NATO and the EU.

“Romania’s position towards Russia starts in the first place from the vicinity we are in, but it is also part of the EU’s position regarding Russia, as we are part of the EU, we must get in line with EU’s stand. I am referring to sanctions, to certain limitations that we have in the dialogue and cooperation with Russia and I am particularly referring to the firm position we have as EU member, which we have always had, of observing the international legislative framework. We don’t ask too much from Russia as an actor on the geopolitical stage if we ask them to respect the international legislative framework. (…) It is the principle which we start from and which we cannot fail to keep not even for Russia, which is here, close to us. We have no reason to make an exception, because nothing is negotiable in this story,” Ramona Mănescu said.

According to the Minister, the relation with Russia represents “a key point in the stability in the area, in securing NATO’s eastern flank, in the manner in which we can further manage the discussions in the Black Sea. “The threats and gestures which Russia has repeatedly done in the Black Sea space, from a military stand, have been sanctioned all the time. (…) Both NATO and the EU have the same discourse. Romania cannot have a different discourse, because it is both part of the EU and NATO, and we are at the Black Sea,” she added.

Mănescu also said that she expected “the energy diplomacy to have its word,” in regards to the resources in the Black Sea.

“Our desire is for a partner such as Exxon to stay here and continue to work together as much and as well as possible. This entails our making some steps in an expected direction. I believe things will settle in the end, enter the right track and I even want to clarify this position shortly and the US partners must be convinced that we’ll be keeping the same line. (…) Mrs PM wants this as well,” Mănescu said.

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Romania has a new Foreign Affairs Minister. Ramona Mănescu took the oath of office

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Ramona Mănescu, Nicolae Moga and Mihai Fifor took the oath of office on Wednesday in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis for the Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministries office, Deputy Prime Minister for implementing Romania’s strategic partnerships office respectively.

The head of state wished success to the new three members of the Dancila Cabinet.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, ministers, Deputy Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber Florin Iordache, Government Secretary General Toni Grebla and presidential advisors.

President Klaus Iohannis signed on Wednesday the decrees appointing Nicolae Moga as Interior Minister and Ramona Mănescu as Foreign Affairs Minister, according to a Presidential Administration release.

Through another decree, Mihai Fifor was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for implementing Romania’s strategic partnerships.

Furthermore, Iohannis took note of Carmen Dan’s resignation from the Interior Ministry and signed the decree dismissing Teodor Meleșcanu from the Foreign Affairs Minister office.

Ramona Mănescu is a Romanian politician and lawyer. She was a Member of the European Parliament serving 2007 to 2013 and 2014 to 2019 from the National Liberal Party (till July 2017), active within the European People’s Party group in the European Parliament.

As part of this group she is a member of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, vice-chair in the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries and a substitute member in the Committee on transport and tourism and in Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula.

Between 2007 and 2014 she was part of the ALDE group in the European Parliament, where she also held the position of Vice-President (11 November 2012 – June 2014) of the ALDE Party (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party). As a member of this group she is a coordinator in the Regional Development Committee and a member in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

At the European Parliamentary elections from June 2014, Mănescu renewed her mandate within European Parliament, where she became a member of the European People’s Party group in the Parliament European.

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Romania: President Klaus Iohannis appoints former MEP Ramona Mănescu as the new Foreign Affairs Minister

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President Klaus Iohannis signed on Wednesday the decrees appointing Nicolae Moga as Interior Minister and Ramona Mănescu as Foreign Affairs Minister, according to a Presidential Administration release.

Furthermore, Iohannis took note of Carmen Dan’s resignation from the Interior Ministry and signed the decree dismissing Teodor Melescanu from the Foreign Affairs Minister office.

Through another decree, Mihai Fifor was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for implementing Romania’s strategic partnerships.

The swearing-in ceremony takes place on Wednesday at 11:00hrs, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace. 

Ramona Mănescu is a Romanian politician and lawyer. She was a Member of the European Parliament serving 2007 to 2013 and 2014 to 2019 from the National Liberal Party (till July 2017), active within the European People’s Party group in the European Parliament.

As part of this group she is a member of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, vice-chair in the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries and a substitute member in the Committee on transport and tourism and in Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula.

Between 2007 and 2014 she was part of the ALDE group in the European Parliament, where she also held the position of Vice-President (11 November 2012 – June 2014) of the ALDE Party (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party). As a member of this group she is a coordinator in the Regional Development Committee and a member in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

At the European Parliamentary elections from June 2014, Mănescu renewed her mandate within European Parliament, where she became a member of the European People’s Party group in the Parliament European.

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