Representatives of the Romanian community in Germany on Thursday evening welcomed President Klaus Iohannis with applause and presented him with a jersey of the Bayern Munich soccer team, Agerpres reports.
‘It is a great joy for me to be able to be here tonight, with you. It is a long-awaited meeting, at least by me, and I am very glad you came in such great numbers, some from nearby, some from longer distances. I am glad about the presence of each and every of you,’ the President told the group of approximately 300 Romanians at the Romanian embassy in Germany.
He told them they made possible, alongside the other emigration communities, the ‘triumph of democracy’ in the presidential election he won on November 16 last year. This raised another wave of applause by the audience.
‘I do not mean the election outcome itself, but the living proof of every vote counting, of every citizen having their word and being able to decide the future of Romania. I take this opportunity to thank you for the extraordinary determination you showed and for the fact you chose involvement instead of abandon, confident in your ability to change things back home,’ Iohannis declared.
He also praised the attendants for ‘giving value to our nation through the seriousness, efficiency and professionalism of their work in every field.’
‘Each of you is an ambassador of Romania, and by everything you do, you build our country’s renown. I wish the things I am telling you now to reach as many as possible of our compatriots living here in Germany. Alongside Romanians in the country, you all gave Romania the chance of a different future,’ Iohannis declared.
Finally, he encouraged Romanians in Germany to carry on with the same determination the good things they do for their community and for Romania.
After his speech, the President was presented by a Romanian of Germany with a jersey of Bayern Munich. Iohannis and his wife Carmen then merged into the crowd for free talks and pictures. Mrs. Iohannis also posed for photographs alongside attending journalists.
President Iohannis promises to closely monitor Parliament proceedings on emigration vote
The voting procedures for the Romanian citizens abroad is a priority of this session of the Parliament, President Klaus Iohannis declared on Thursday night.He promised to monitor closely ‘the way things advance in the Parliament’ on this matter.
‘I wish to have new party and election campaign financing rules, stricter and more open. I wish new rules for the political parties, encouraging participation and bringing politics closer to the citizen. I especially want a law to ensure the right to vote of citizens abroad. Guaranteeing the conditions and finding a solution to allow all the Romanians in the emigration exerting their constitutional right to vote is a matter of principle. This is a priority of the current parliamentary session and I will closely monitor the way things advance in the Parliament,’ the President said at the meeting with representatives of the Romanian community of Germany hosted by the Romanian embassy in Berlin.
Iohannis declared himself aware of the last November vote being ‘the carrier of great hope’ and pointed out that his presence among Romanians in Berlin was ‘the expression of the aspiration of a foreign policy close to Romanian citizens, wherever they are.’
‘I have assumed a more creative, more open and more active foreign policy, through which we exploit opportunities, consolidate relations and make ourselves heard in the world. I want Romanians, wherever they live, be proud of the way they are represented abroad. And I wish the strengthening of our relations with other states has practical consequences for any citizen,’ he added.
He also stressed his intention of changing the way of doing politics.
‘Let us replace scandal with dialogue, let us get over the logic of permanent conflict and build durable rules. It is the only way we can have efficient, solid institutions, working for people. It is the only way to really achieve the prosperity and stability that would make Romanians who left the country to return home someday,’ Iohannis declared.