Ahead of the NATO Summit 2012, Romania's President Traian Basescu met with representatives of the Romanian community in Chicago. The 200 people participating at the presidential reception that took place at the historical Drake Hotel, included local Romanian-American organizations such as the Romanian Cultural Exchange, local press and representatives of the Romanian community. The event provided Romanians from Chicago the opportunity of having an open dialog with the president. Topics of interest to the Diaspora as well as related to Romania's foreign policy were discussed.
The delegation accompanying President Basescu for the NATO Summit 2012 in Chicago included: General Staff Chief Stefan Danila, Foreign Affairs Minister Andrei Marga, National Defense Minister Corneliu Dobritoiu, presidential advisers Cristian Diaconescu, Iulian Fota and Iulian Chifu, State Adviser Eugen Tomac, Foreign Affairs Ministry's Secretary of State Bogdan Aurescu.