At the initiative of the Presidential Administration, a meeting with Government representatives and representatives of public institutions whose activity concerns the relation with Romanians living abroad took place on Thursday at the Presidential Palace.
“The Romanian communities living outside the country’s borders are permanently in the attention of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis,” a Presidential Administration communiqué informs.
Taking place under the title “Romanian State – Commitments and Priorities in Consolidating the Relation with the Romanian Diaspora,” the meeting’s goal was to identify the problems related to guaranteeing and respecting the Romanians’ rights abroad.
At the start of the debates, Presidential aide Dan Mihalache, the Head of the Presidential Chancellery, reiterated the need for the existence of integrated policies and the need for a joint effort on the part of state institutions when it comes to Romanian communities abroad.
The talks touched upon several issues of interest for Romanians living abroad. Among them the affirmation of national identity through access to culture, education and religion in the Romanian language; the simplification of the visa process for Romanian citizens but also the improvement of consular services; the consolidation of bilateral relations in order for the rights of Romanian communities to be respect and for the communities to be able to maintain their traditions, language and spiritual wealth.
A distinct issue consisted of ensuring the right to vote and to representation for Romanians living abroad, the adoption of the postal vote law being an important goal for the Presidential Administration.
The representatives of public institutions emphasized the importance of correlating the policies for Romanians living abroad and raised the issue of the use of European funds for the development of possible national projects that would target the children and family members left behind by the Romanians who left abroad.
Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Minister for the Relation with the Romanians Living Abroad Angel Tilvar, European Funds Minister Marius Nica as well as representatives of other institutions and state authorities took part in the meeting.