President Basescu decorates Hans-Gert Pottering


President Traian Basescu on Wednesday bestowed Romania’s Star order in rank of Officer on Hans-Gert Pottering, MEP and Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. ‘In the past 10 years we’ve had the best partnership with you, as MEP and also as a high-rank representative of Germany in the European Union. I had this chance to know you and to know about your 35-year long activity in the European Parliament. I believe that my bestowing this high decoration of the Romanian state on you personally is a great honour for me and for the Romanian people,’ Basescu told Pottering, quoted by Agerpres. Moreover, the head of the Romanian state thanked the high German official for everything that he has done for Romania.
‘You were one of the extremely important politicians after the wave of anti-communist revolutions back in 1989, when you promoted the idea of integration of these countries with the EU. And very few were as optimistic as you back then. But the great ideas for Europe remained and materialized and I want to thank you for everything that you did for the European Union and for Romania,’ said Basescu. In his turn, Hans-Gert Pottering admitted that he didn’t’ expect a decoration from the Romanian President. ‘If someone told me, when I was elected for the first time to the European Parliament, in 1979, that on July 9, 2014 I would be at the Presidential Administration in Bucharest to receive a high decoration from the hands of the Romanian President, I would have said that it was maybe a dream or a hope, but not something that could happen in reality,’ said the Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Moreover, he pointed out that the European Union is not a political organisation, but a community of states, of citizens, who are united by the same principles. Traian Basescu on Wednesday welcomed a delegation of the Christian Democratic Union in the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany.