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August 1, 2021

Iohannis: I want us to provide more substance to Romania-Germany relationship

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis would like the relationship between Romania and Germany to get more substance, underscoring the expansion of political dialogue and speeding up economic exchanges while developing cultural ties.

“There is a joint path that benefits both countries and people, and also the European design. I tell you in no uncertain terms that I would like us to provide more substance to the relationship between Romania and Germany so that our ties may rise to the next political, economic and cultural level. That requires expanding the size of our political dialogue inside the European Union and NATO, speeding up economic exchanges while developing a cultural component. This is an objective I embrace wholeheartedly,” Iohannis told the Day of German Unity ceremony hosted by the National Theatre House of Bucharest on Monday.

He added that there is a privileged bilateral relationship between Romania and Germany and excellent cooperation in many areas. Iohannis said Germany is one of Romania’s main political partners and its main trade partner.

The Romanian head of state said the Romanian and the German communities are providing a genuinely deep link between the two countries.

Iohannis said there are opportunities to be capitalised on in the Romanian-German ties, pointing to the existence of a proper time and all favourable circumstances. At the same time, he underscored that a special chapter in the relationship between Romania and Germany is their close cooperation inside the EU and NATO and that the eastern and southern neighbourhoods of the EU as well as the Balkan space are themes of interest to both countries.

“A quarter of century since the start of European reunification, we are facing numerous internal and external challenges which management trials the EU institutional mechanisms. I believe in our shared capacity and determination to fight for the preservation of our values and for a prompt response to the voices calling into question the meaning and architecture of the EU, as well as to consolidate our union and its part as a first rate player in Europe,” the President said.

He mentioned the fall of the Berlin Wall, saying that “this historic experience has to remind us and the next generations that terror and fright cannot suppress aspirations to freedom, that although barriers can be erected, minds cannot be imprisoned, that although walls can be erected, identities cannot be suppressed.”

“Concerned with the current events witnessed by Europe, we risk forgetting and too easily underrate how much our continent has changed since that time. Let us avoid such mistake, let us not take the European design and its achievements – democracy and prosperity – as a given,” said Iohannis.

The President started and concluded his speech in German.

German ambassador in Bucharest Werner Hans Lauk mentioned an excellent level of the bilateral relationship between Germany and Romania.

“The reference framework for our activity is Europe and the trans-Atlantic strategic partnership,” the ambassador said.

He added that Romanian-German cooperation has intensified in 2015, mentioning to the point Iohannis’ visit to Berlin.

Attending the event, where the National Orchestra gave a concert, were nearly 900 guests, including Romania’s former President Emil Constantinescu, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) Augustin Zegrean and Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea.

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