“The celebration of the Queen’s Day offers us the opportunity to address our warmest congratulations to the Dutch people and the particular pleasure to share some thoughts on the relations between Romania and the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
The Netherlands is an important partner of Romania. We share common values and objectives as members of the EU and NATO.
Throughout over 130 years of bilateral diplomatic relations, Romania and The Netherlands have developed a dynamic and successful cooperation.
The Netherlands is the main foreign investor in Romania. In 2010, the volume of diversified trade exchanges between our countries exceeded 2.6 billion EUR. We benefit from a very good cooperation in various fields, such as: financing, banking, energy, public administration, environment, water and waste management, agriculture.
Romania and The Netherlands are connected by an extensive system of over 3,000 km of inland navigation channels via the Danube and the Rhine. This water network strengthens links between the strategically positioned ports of Constanta and Rotterdam, both access gates to the EU area. It boosts cooperation at European level in areas of transports, environment and sustainable development.
The Dutch assistance to Romania has been significant following the events of 1989. It played a major role in providing better services, improving the daily life of many people, training specialists in different areas of Dutch expertise, supporting civic participation and a more democratic society.
Cooperation at the level of local authorities and communities is facing new challenges in terms of developing twinning programmes and accessing European funds.
Exchanges of students and professors speak of good relations in the academic and scientific domains. Numerous Romanian students are enrolled in prestigious universities and Institutes in The Netherlands thus benefiting from the excellence of the Dutch educational and research systems.
Even if less known, Dutch-Romanian cultural interferences are visible in many areas, be it settlements of Flemish origin in the Romanian province of Transylvania, the letters of Vincent van Gogh referring to Carmen Sylva, the correspondence between the humanists Nicolaus Olahus and Erasmus of Rotterdam or the Dada movement in The Netherlands.
All these elements are proofs of the complex and dynamic relations between our countries. Let us express our confidence in the further development of the Dutch-Romanian cooperation. On the occasion of this anniversary moment, allow us to address our best wishes of success, wellbeing and prosperity to the Dutch people! ”