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October 23, 2021

Diaconescu: “No Romanian should be ashamed of being Romanian, irrespective of where he lives”

Foreign Affairs Minister Cristian Diaconescu stated on Tuesday in Parliament that it is the state’s duty to be there for the citizens “that have their roots in this nation” and “no Romanian should be ashamed of being Romanian, irrespective of where he lives.” The Foreign Affairs Minister and Eugen Tomac, the head of the Department for Romanian Everywhere (DRP), were invited by the Parliament’s joint external affairs commissions to attend talks on the issue of the procedures to ratify Serbia’s Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU and the Romanian minority’s situation. The Minister also pointed out that the Romanian state’s institutions “will continue to have extremely peremptorily attitudes” in the issue of the protection of minority rights. He expressed his hope that along with the MPs he will reach an agreement “on some national steps” that Romania will have to make in the following years. After the hearings, Titus Corlatean, chairman of the Senate’s external affairs commission, stated that Serbia’s Association Agreement will be ratified by the Senate, however the ratification law will include a statement concerning respect for national minority rights. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement that Serbia signed with the EU has to be ratified by all EU member states in order to come into force. Three states, including Romania, are yet to ratify the document. The Senate is the decisional chamber in Romania’s case. The Foreign Affairs Minister also announced yesterday that Eugen Tomac will head a mechanism to ‘monitor’ Romanians living abroad. “At government level we will have a better tuned monitoring mechanism in what concerns Romanians living abroad,” Diaconescu stated for Mediafax. In his turn, Eugen Tomac stated that he has paid several visits to Serbia and other states recently and that he plans to transfer “the Romanian experience with national minorities to other states that feel the need to receive more expertise in this field.”

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