Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Mircea Geoană, states that Europe’s center of gravity is moving east and there is “a real chance” that Eastern Europe will become more robust politically, economically and technologically, but points out that things like good governance, transparency and the fight against corruption matter in this process.
“Europe’s center of gravity is shifting eastwards and there is a real chance that Central Europe, South-Eastern Europe and of course Eastern Europe will become much more politically, economically and technologically robust.
(…) I must also say one important thing, which we should not shy away from. Good governance matters. Transparency matters. The fight against corruption matters.
Sometimes, when we talk about these new centers of gravity, we tend to forget that to really make it to the big leagues, we need to make sure that we also have the political, economic and rule of law institutions, as well as the mechanisms of control and balance, so that the true potential, strategic, economic and human, is released”, declared Geoană.
He pointed out, quoted in a press release, that good governance, transparency and the fight against corruption are important to ensure that Romania’s true, strategic, economic and human potential is released.
“There is no way that one region can develop and the others don’t. I think this is the time for former communist Europe, the newcomers to NATO and the EU, to reach full maturity, full level of influence, full level of development and also full level of self-esteem, of respect and matching the strategic value, which we all have in this region, with the economic and political power”, Geoană added.
Editor: Adrian Dumitru
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