Craiova Group

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Craiova Group
Map of Europe indicating the member countries of the Craiova Group
Map of Europe indicating the member countries of the Craiova Group
Membership
Establishment 24 April 2015
Area
• Total
569,594 km2 (219,921 sq mi)
Population
• 2011 estimate
44,967,271
• Density
78.9/km2 (204.4/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) estimate
• Total
$1.0 trillion

The Craiova Group is a cooperation project of four European states – Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia – for the purposes of furthering their European integration as well as economic, transport and energy cooperation with one another. The Group originated in a summit meeting of the heads of governments, held on 24 April 2015 in the Romanian city of Craiova.[1][2] At the group's inaugural meeting, Romania's then-Prime Minister Victor Ponta indicated that he was inspired by the Visegrád Group.[1] Romania and Bulgaria both joined the European Union on 1 January 2007, while Serbia has been in accession negotiations since January 2014. Since October 2017 at the meeting in Varna, Bulgaria, with the inclusion of Greece, meetings have been quadrilateral. [3]

One of the first initiatives, after a meeting in Vidin, Bulgaria, was to strengthen the telecommunication networks in the border areas of the countries.[4] Other goals include helping Serbia join the European Union and the construction of a motorway linking Bucharest, Sofia and Belgrade.[1]

Greece has joined the meetings and initiatives of the Group alongside Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia[5][6][7][8][9][10].

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