Het Koningsdag, the National Day of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on April 27, offers me the special opportunity to address, on behalf of my country, my warmest congratulations to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dutch people.
In the context of the 200-year anniversary of the Netherlands’ 1814 Constitution, I believe this year’s National Day celebration has a specific symbolic meaning, as a historic day for a large community of people who feel and live according to shared values of a traditional monarchy.
Our countries share a valuable friendship based on mutual respect, a special bilateral relation consolidated by a solid economic cooperation and a political dialogue on the regional, European and international arena. The fruitful talks I had with my counterpart, minister Frans Timmermans, last January, on various issues of mutual interest, with a strong view on the economic opportunities and close coordination within the EU, created premises for a privileged partnership between our countries. We are constantly looking forward into ways of expanding the economic and political cooperation even further, through common projects and initiatives.
The political and economic relations between Romania and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have developed considerably in the past two decades. The year 2013 was a historic benchmark in the bilateral economic relations, all figures registering record values (highest values ever of commercial exchange, export, import and Dutch investments in Romania). The commercial exchanges between our countries have reached more than 3.573 billion EUR in 2013, increasing by +11.77%, and with a high perspective for growth. The economic exchanges are most intense, the Kingdom of the Netherlands consolidating its rank of 1st foreign investors in Romania with 4,470 companies active on our national market, amounting more than 7.478 billion EUR of Dutch subscribed capital.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is increasingly benefiting from investment opportunities in Romania in areas like banking, logistics, maritime industry, agro-industry, horticulture, metallurgy, equipment and machinery, chemistry, microelectronics, construction and infrastructure works. We welcome the Dutch companies´ presence and international renewed know-how in relevant sectors such as agriculture, renewable energies, manufacturing and services, water management, logistics and IT&C.
Many Romanians living in the Kingdom of the Netherlands are actively involved within the European and International Organizations based in The Hague (ICTY, ICC, Europol, Eurojust, OPCW, EPO, STL, NATO C3 Agency, ESTEC) or they are successfully working within key Dutch companies such as ING, Shell, Philips, Unilever etc. and bring a valuable contribution to the Dutch economy and the prosperity of the Dutch society.
Romania and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have all the potential to further deepen the bilateral cooperation in all fields in the upcoming years.
I am fully confident that the strength of the Romanian-Dutch relationship stems from the willingness of our two peoples to work together for promoting bilateral, European and multilateral projects.
Romania shares the joy of the celebration of the historic day of April 27, 2014, and wishes all the Dutch people a happy National Day!