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Bogdan Aurescu, Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs: Romania and Germany share a privileged friendship

The significance of the 3rd of October is linked today, probably more than ever before, to the idea of unity and solidarity among peoples and nations. It is, along with the ideals of peace and liberty, the core of our common desire to live together as one great family called Europe.
The Day of the German Unity is one of particular relevance because it exceeds its basic meaning, namely the moment when a nation divided by history could again live as one. It has also become a source of inspiration for the vision that turned Europe, in the years to come, into a highly ambitious project, which brought together the will and the effort of so many countries to fulfill their common destiny.
Symbolically, this date represents both the end of a geopolitical paradigm which has ruled Europe for a half century, and the dawn of a new era, which brought the promise of peace and prosperity to the peoples of this continent.
As a country which was behind the Iron Curtain at the time, Romania saw the German reunification as a moment of hope for overcoming European divisions and for its return to the core of a new, united Europe.
Today, a quarter of a century after the collapse of communism, Romania and Germany share a privileged friendship, based on mutual trust and support, and built on a common set of democratic values.
For Romania, the relationship with Germany is one of strategic importance. The political dialogue between our two countries has been significantly dynamic in recent times. The visits of the Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, to Berlin and of the German Foreign Minister Frank Steinmeier to Bucharest and Sibiu, which took place this year, marked the upgrading of bilateral relations, also reconfirming the good cooperation on topics of common interest, at regional, European, and international level.
We are committed to further enhancing and deepening this political dialogue, as well as strengthening our already excellent cooperation in economic and other areas. In recent years, our economic ties have grown substantially, consolidating Germany’s position as Romania’s first trading partner. We welcome the continuous growth of our bilateral exchanges and are interested in further increasing German investments in Romania, especially in fields of strategic importance, such as transportation, banking, agriculture, regional development, research and innovation, and renewable energy.
The high level of trust attached by the business community to the opportunities provided by the Romanian market, along with the robust economic growth rates registered by my country, are major arguments to regard Romania as an attractive destination for foreign investments.
The privileged nature of Romanian-German relations is also linked to the fruitful secular experience of coexistence by the Romanian majority and German minority in my country. As a valuable bridge between our two countries, the German minority of Romania is a very positive and inspiring model of expressing national identity whilst contributing to the benefit of the larger community it belongs to.
Furthermore, Berlin is an essential partner for us on issues related to the European agenda. We attach great importance to promoting our common interests within EU. We have sustained and are currently supporting major German projects meant to ensure the economic and financial stability of the Euro Zone and of the European Union. At the same time, we appreciate Germany’s positive approach regarding Romania’s initiatives at European level, such as the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.
Today, Europe is facing a series of challenges, both at its borders and within its territory. The persisting instability in the EU’s neighbourhood, the global security threats, the economic downturn, as well as the magnitude of the recent waves of migration are all unprecedented challenges, ones which we need to face together. They are putting the EU’s institutions, mechanisms, and instruments to a real test of viability, functionality, and efficiency. I believe that the key to overcoming these difficulties is, in fact, one which defines both reunited Germany and integrated Europe: common action in defense of our shared values and principles.
We need to cooperate closely and identify joint solutions to these challenges, always keeping our focus on the objective of maintaining the integrity of the European project, the provisions of the Treaties, and the fundamental European principles and values. Experience has so far proven that we cannot act in an isolated manner, neither inside the EU, nor on the global arena. That is if we want lasting, sustainable results.
Germany’s role in Europe’s endeavors of finding appropriate solutions to its current provocations is more than relevant. Twenty-five years after the moment we are celebrating today, the country has become significantly stronger and respected, while registering excellent economic performances. Its voice within the European Union is thus one of very high importance and we are confident of its instrumentality in maintaining the path to prosperity and fraternity for Europe and its citizens.
In this anniversary context, we wish to stay close to one another, to fully appreciate the remarkable results of the German reconstruction effort, with complex valences and relevance throughout the continent, in order to thrive in an united Europe, built with the rigor, earnest, and generosity which have conferred Germany’s standing among nations today.
Warm congratulations, Germany!

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