Scientists, activists, politicians. Strong representation from Romania and Moldova during the Economic Forum in Karpacz

Over the last thirty years, the Economic Forum has become a recognisable event, gladly visited by guests from Romania and Moldova. This year was no different, as several dozen representatives of both countries appeared in Karpacz. Sometimes they were divided by different views, sometimes by nationality or everyday language. What they did have in common was a desire for dialogue, and this encouragement to talk is one of the main principles of the Forum.

Teodor Meleşcanu, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, during the panel titled “Security Is Crucial – the Main Challenges in the Region”.

Karpacz was visited by many representatives of science and non-governmental organisations. Among them was Teodor Meleşcanu – the doyen of Romanian diplomacy, three times holding the post of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a respected expert, working, among others, with the well-known Romanian think tank New Strategy Center. He took part in the panel on security policy, where he discussed the biggest challenges with representatives of the countries of the region – Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. Dumitru Tudor Jijie from the „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași discussed cross-border cooperation and its opportunities. In turn, Dorin Popescu, president of the association “Black Sea House” took part in a panel on the potential of the Baltic – Black Sea transport corridor. There were also discussions related to the development of the sciences. Razvan Bologa, the representative of the Bucharest University of Economics, discussed with other panellists about the future of artificial intelligence and related ethical issues.

Moldova’s most prominent representative was Mihail Popşoi, Vice-President of the Moldovan Parliament. During the Forum, he made two speeches about the challenges and reforms his country faces, including changes to the corrupt judiciary and the reunification of the country torn by separatism. The recent elections brought the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) to power in Moldova. The Economic Forum was organised just a few weeks after the formation of the new government. Mihail Popşoi assured us that we can expect his country to be well represented in Karpacz next year. It will then be possible to assess the first year of the new government, which is focusing on the Republic of Moldova’s integration with the West.

Mihail Popşoi, Vice-President of the Moldovan Parliament during the plenary session titled: “The Post-pandemic World. Economy, Sovereignty, Solidarity”.

The Forum was attended by Romanian parliamentarians representing most of the country’s political circles. Five Members of the Chamber of Deputies came to Karpacz: Ben Oni Ardelean (PNL), Rozália Ibolya Biró (UDMR), Pavel Popescu (PNL), George Cristian Tuță (PNL) and George Simion (AUR). They took part in numerous panel discussions in the framework of the “Europe of the Carpathians” path, such as “Future Europe: Open or Closed?”, “Parliamentary Diplomacy of the Three Seas”, “Digital Europe of the Carpathians. Security and Economic Leap, or why Do We Need New Technologies?”, “European Neighbourhood Policy” or “European Conservative Alliance – Joint Declaration”. Many discussions continued even after the panels had finished. As every year, the Forum was an opportunity to establish new contacts with representatives of political parties from all over Europe.

“Don’t Be Afraid of Diversity! Protection of Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities” – this was the title of a panel during which Lorant Vincze MEP, representative of the Democratic Union of Hungarians of Romania (UDMR), took the floor. Among the senators present were Sebastian Cernic (USR PLUS), Claudiu Marinel Mureşan (USR PLUS) and Claudiu Richard Târziu (AUR). It was their first visit to Karpacz. Claudiu Târziu took the floor in a discussion entitled “Economic Sovereignty in the Crisis of Globalization”. His colleague from the party, Andrei Dîrlau, spoke in turn in the panel “Requiem for liberal democracy?”. The Forum was also attended by Romanian local government officials, including a delegation from the Dolj administrative district, who owing to the event had the opportunity to meet colleagues representing the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodeship.