The 194th anniversary of the National Day of the Hellenic Republic, on the 25th of March, offers me the great pleasure to extend, on behalf of the Romanian people and of my own, the warmest congratulations to the people of Greece.
Relations between Romania and Greece are founded on a longstanding friendship and deep historic, cultural, spiritual, political and economic bonds. Our bilateral dialogue is excellent and continuously grew stronger by a close cooperation on the regional and European arena. We are also solid partners in the European Union, NATO and in the regional cooperation formats.
The very special ties that Romania and Greece enjoy are also highlighted by this year’s celebration of 135 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, which stands as a testimony throughout time and gives us additional incentives to pursue with determination our common desire to further develop our cooperation in all fields, through joint projects and initiatives.
Greece is one of our most important economic partners, from the point of view of the commercial exchanges and the investments made in various fields. Despite the hardships of the economic crisis, it is very important to underline that bilateral trade between our two countries continued its steady upward trend, acting as a catalyst for overcoming recent difficulties. For the first eleven months of 2014 alone, the amount of the bilateral trade reached 1.248 millions Euros, exceeding the total amount registered during the whole previous year. This also proves the high potential and the complementarities between our economies. At the same time, it is worth mentioning that today over 6.022 companies with Greek capital are active in Romania, placing Greece on the 6th position among the foreign investors in our country.
In respect to the regional cooperation, our countries share a common vision of peace and prosperity to which the European perspective of the Western Balkans and countries of the Black Sea region plays a catalytic role. In the framework of sub-regional entities, such as the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, the South Eastern European Cooperation Process, as well as through the trilateral dialogue established with Bulgaria, we promote common projects, as well as an increased involvement of the EU in our region.
Romania and Greece enjoy constant dialogue and cooperation in the EU framework. At the same time, there is a unique feature in our bilateral relations, since few countries are united through such strong historical links like Romania and Greece are. An important dimension is added to our traditional cultural affinities by the Romanian community in Greece and by the Greek community in Romania. I would like to send a special message of congratulations to these two communities which every day consolidate and enrich the bridge of friendship between our two countries.
Romania shares the joy of the celebration of the historic day of March 25 and wishes all Greeks a Happy National Day!