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Gov't approves bill on Romania's contribution to Register of Damage Caused by Aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine

The Romanian government on Thursday approved a bill that provides for Romania's participation in the Enlarged Partial Agreement on the Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

According to the government, the bill proposes Romania's participation in this agreement, established by Resolution CM/Res(2023)3, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on May 12, 2023.

Another 35 member states of the Council of Europe, as well as the European Union, Canada, Japan and the US, have already joined this agreement.

"This approach would demonstrate the consistency and coherence of Romania in terms of foreign policy amidst the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. It would also send a positive signal regarding Romania's commitment to supporting measures to hold Russia accountable for the aggression against Ukraine and for its consequences," the government says.

By joining the enlarged partial agreement, Romania pledges to join the Conference of Participants through officials of its Foreign Ministry and, as the case may be, other relevant institutions, as well as to pay an annual contribution to the budget for the implementation of the enlarged partial agreement, the value of which is communicated annually by the General Secretariat of the Council of Europe.

The annual contribution of Romania for the year 2023 is EUR 6,052.73 that has to be paid by March 26, 2024.

The equivalent in the local currency of the contribution due by Romania under the bill approved by the government will be allocated annually from the national budget through the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will ensure the payment of the contribution.

According to the government, an enlarged partial agreement is not an international treaty, but a form of co-operation that has its own budget and working methods and that presents a series of operational advantages, being flexible in terms of organisation and procedures.