Vienna/Brussels, 11 February 2014 Press release

Austria and Romania continue their well-established cooperation in cultural matters

New bilateral work programme signed

Brussels, 11 February 2014 – Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlaţean signed the working programme for cooperation in education, culture, youth and sports for the next four years on the sidelines of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 10 February 2014. Important aspects of the bilateral programme cover cooperation in the areas of higher education, adult education, advanced training of teachers, arts and culture as well as multilateral cooperation.

"The impressive bandwidth of projects and fields of work are not least further proof of the good and intensive relations between our two countries", Minister Kurz said. "The wide range of cooperation projects includes efforts geared towards revitalisation of the historic centre of the spa town of Băile Herculane in Banat, science projects in archaeology, prehistory and ancient history as well as Byzantine studies. We are also planning cooperation projects in literature, the promotion of translations of modern literature and joint projects focused on contemporary music, dance and fine arts productions from both countries", Kurz concluded.

The main pillars of cooperation are, among others, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Bucharest, the four Austria Libraries in Romania (Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași and Timișoara), the Institut Cultural Român in Vienna and the education officers, trainers and Austrian lecturers in Romania.

Special mention was made of the successful cooperation in the framework of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe in Graz, which is to be continued.

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