Starting this week, the capital of Alsace, Strasbourg, has a street named after the capital of Romania, Bucharest—Rue de Bucarest. The inauguration ceremony was chaired by Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, in the presence of Mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu and was attended by more Romanian MEPs and a large group of Romanian community residing in Strasbourg and in the neighboring German town Kehl. The ceremony was preceded by a meeting between the mayors of the two cities that addressed specific aspects of cooperation between the two municipalities. Sorin Oprescu, who paid a two-day official visit to Strasbourg, invited his counterpart to visit Romania next spring, to launch the program of direct cooperation between the two municipalities, which will be prepared by the personal representatives of the two mayors. During his presence in the capital of Alsace, the mayor of Bucharest, laid a wreath at the bust of General Henri Mathias Berthelot, Head of the French military mission in Romania during World War I, and former military governor of the city of Strasbourg. Ceremony of wreath laying began by singing the national anthems of the two countries, by a trumpeter from the military garrison in Strasbourg. Initiative to name a street in a new district of Strasbourg in the neighborhood of the French-German border, after Romania’s capital city , belongs to the Consulate General of Romania and dates back from 2008.