The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends its deepest congratulations and warmest wishes to the Spanish people, on the special occasion of the National Day of Spain – Fiesta Nacional de España or Día de la Hispanidad.
October 12 is a special day for both Romania and Spain, two strategic partners that share common values and objectives, actively and constantly engaged in a fruitful dialogue and cooperating in European and international formats.
Spain is, certainly, a key European partner and a strong ally of Romania. Sharing common regional, European and Euro-Atlantic interests, our countries have been closely working together. Since Romania’s accession to the European Union, we have developed an even stronger tie, collaborating in various fields, from politics to cultural exchanges.
Our relations represent an important asset for the future as both countries promote a stronger and more cohesive Union, based on full respect of the fundamental principles and freedoms that are the cornerstone of the EU project.
We believe that by showing unity in our European actions, the EU will be able to deliver better results on major issues of interest, in accordance with the expectations of its citizens. Romania is committed to contribute in an active manner to the efforts aimed at consolidating the European Union and we know that Spain shares our views. In 2019, Romania will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a challenge and an excellent opportunity that we would like to use to strengthen and deepen EU core principles and values.
Romania and Spain share a dynamic cooperation in the economic field. The trade exchanges between the two countries reached 3,56 billion euro in 2016, a higher figure as compared to 2015. In the last five years, the growth rate of the bilateral trade reached almost 10%, mainly sustained by sectors as: automotive industry (vehicles, car parts & accessories), electrical equipment, fashion, chemical, plastic and rubber products, foodstuff and agricultural products.
Furthermore, the consistency of economic relations between Romania and Spain is confirmed by the growing interest of Spanish companies to invest in Romania, especially in fields like energy, infrastructure construction and real estate development sectors. The number of Spanish companies in Romania was 5.731 at the end of May 2017, ranking eighth according to the amount of the subscribed capital.
The strong ties between Romania and the Kingdom of Spain are based not only on the political approach or economic cooperation, but also on the social and cultural dimension of our relation, built on a common Latin foundation and very much related to the presence of a large community of Romanian citizens in Spain. The Romanian citizens registered in Spain, the second biggest Romanian community living abroad and the first foreign community in Spain are well integrated, contributing to the development of the Spanish economy and society.
Through this climate of trust and good cohabitation, with Spanish and Romanian people sharing values they believe in, the social and cultural dimension has a significant role for the further development of our strategic relation as a whole, for all of its components are closely interlinked.
We are confident that Spain and Romania will further strengthen their reliable partnership, working together to accomplish our common goals and objectives.
¡Feliz Día de la Fiesta Nacional, España!