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The two politicians met in the framework of the first Spanish-Romanian government summit, which was attended by twelve ministers from the two cabinets, and they signed an agreement in seven different areas, including labor, agriculture, and health, reports MTI.

According to Pedro Sánchez, the recognition of the social and economic contribution of the Romanian community in Spain is also an “extraordinary political message” that after France and Portugal, Romania can be the third European state whose citizens can acquire Spanish citizenship without having to renounce their original citizenship.

Nicolae Ciuca added: first, technical consultations will begin between the two countries on the steps necessary to introduce dual citizenship “in the not-too-distant future”.

Romanians make up the largest foreign community in Spain, consisting of more than 1.1 million people. Most of them live in the provinces of Madrid and Valencia, and a city with a significant Romanian community was chosen as the location of the summit.

At the meeting, both heads of government expressed their commitment to the security of the European continent and solidarity with Ukraine. The Spanish Prime Minister announced that eight F-18 fighter jets and 130 Spanish soldiers will join NATO’s Black Sea mission in Romania on December 1st.

Pedro Sánchez repeated: Spain fully supports Romania becoming part of the Schengen area.

Nicolae Ciuca emphasized that his country has long met the requirements of accession, and has now proven that it is capable of adequately protecting its borders even in the midst of the ongoing war in neighboring Ukraine.

The Prime Ministers voiced their concern about runaway energy prices and urged EU measures to regulate prices.

“We are not on the right path,” declared Pedro Sánchez, who called the European Commission’s latest proposal on the price ceiling, presented on Tuesday, insufficient. In his view, a more ambitious proposal and immediate action is needed.