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October 23, 2021

Eastern Neighbourhood, Western Balkans – on top of our common agenda

“The idea of European unity is deeply rooted in the European imaginaire, fomented by a long tradition of humanists and thinkers, who praised the benefices of concord against the backdrop of divisions that were splitting their countries (…)

Europe’s day is a celebration, above all, of the Union’s core values, since they are the indispensable foundation for any common identity. It is also a reminder of the EU’s founding fathers’ intellectual legacy that goes deep in the past and of our duty to carry on their project.

May 9 also signifies the European will to, in Robert Schuman’s words, “create a de facto solidarity”. We strongly believe that solidarity was and continues to be the solution to Europe’s challenges.

Nevertheless, there are voices that question the member states’ willingness to face the present global problems together. There are cynics who predict the beginning of a new age of division, where the common European interest will be entirely subordinated to the national interest of the EU member states. Yet, we cannot see an alternative to tackling the present problems, from the economic and financial crisis to energy security, other than through common European action (…)

Romania brings its own contribution to the “work in progress” that is the European Union. Along with the other Member States, it pursues, in a spirit of solidarity, commonly agreed objectives (…)

Romania’s accession to the EU contributes to Europe’s regional strategic positioning, by assuming an active role in projects such as the EU Strategy for the Danube region or the promotion at EU level of the Black Sea Synergy.

We are aware that Europe needs stability, security and prosperity beyond its borders. The Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans are thus on top of our common agenda.

Three years since our accession to the European Union, our aim is the completion of the integration process: accession to the Schengen area; ensuring a significant rate of absorption of the EU funds and reducing the development disparities with other EU regions.

The relevance of the May 9 Declaration did not diminish over the last 60 years. It continues to be a source of inspiration for many of the present generation of European leaders, whose actions are guided by its principles. The “de facto solidarity” united people then and informs the European action now.”

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