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Antoaneta Laura SAVA, The “Renault” business and the visit of the secretary of state for foreign trade from France, Charles de Chambrun (1966)

Antoaneta Laura SAVA
3rd Degree Scientific Researcher, PhD. The “C.S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor” Institute for Research in Social Studies and Humanities from Craiova, of the Romanian Academy, Romania;
E-mail: savaantoaneta@yahoo.com

Published on December 17, 2020

Abstract
Because the representatives of the “Renault” and “Volkswagen” companies did not show any interest, in the period 1973–1976, for a collaborationin the direction expected by the authorities from Bucharest, Nicolae Ceauşescu agreed on the prime minister Manea Mănescu signing a contract and several industrial and financial collaboration agreements, with the purpose of producing, at Craiova, under French licence, the models “Citroën Visa Spécial” and “Citroën Visa Club” (called in Romania, “Oltcit Special” and “Oltcit Club”).
Meanwhile, the collaboration of Romania with “Renault” National Administration continued according to the intentions expressed by the prime minister Raymond Barre and Manea Mănescu in Paris (the 17th of December 1976), and the Romanian-French agreement concluded in the summer of 1978 (Bucharest, the 12thof June 1978), having the purpose to certify the continuation of “Dacia 1300”production, along with certain subsets, electric engines, dashboard instruments and components for the machines used in the car industry from Romania.

Keywords
fields, authority, car manufacturing industry, Renault company, development

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