NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen pays visit to Bucharest
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO Secretary General will make a visit in Bucharest where he will meet president Traian Basescu and premier Victor Ponta. He will be awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Bucharest University, official sources told Mediafax.“The visit will be a short one for the title award. Rasmussen will have meetings with president Traian Basescu at Cotroceni and with premier Victor Ponta at Victoria Palace,” the sources said.
Bucharest University announced on Tuesday in a press release that it would grant the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to the NATO Secretary General on Friday.
The first visit of the NATO secretary general took place three years ago in May 2010.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen is the 12th NATO secretary general and began his mandate on 1 August 2009.
During his political career within the Liberal Party of Denmark, Rasmussen held positions within the government and in opposition. He was finance minister between 1987 and 1992 and minister of economy between 1990 and 1992. As minister of economy and member in ECOFIN Council he was Denmark’s negotiator and signatory of the Maastricht Treaty which led to the introduction of euro single currency.
In 1998 he became president of the Liberal Party. Following parliamentary elections of 2001 he formed his first government, a coalition made of the Liberal Party and the Popular Conservatory Party.
During the Danish presidency of the European Union (july-December 2002), Rasmussen played a key role in the conclusion of accession negotiations with candidate countries at the meeting of the European Council in Copenhagen in December 2002.
His government was re-elected in 2005 and 2007. Anders Fogh Rasmussen held the position of prime minister since November 2001 to his election as future NATO secretary general at the Strasbourg-Kehl summit of April 2009.