I look towards 2016 with confidence, President Iohannis says in New Year address

President Klaus Iohannis has a positive outlook on the upcoming year and stated on Thursday in his New Year address that it is only up to the Romanian people to use the opportunities at hand to progress and turn Romania into the country everyone wants.

“Dear Romanians, today, when we celebrate the turn of the year, I wish you all a happy 2016, rich in achievements and higher in aspirations. (…) I look with confidence towards 2016. I want the changes for the better to take shape and consistence. It is only up to us to use the opportunities available to progress and turn Romania into the country we all want. Many happy returns, dear Romanians, wherever you are!” the head of state said in the video message he posted on his Facebook page.

In his message, the president also acknowledged that for “us all the year that is ending was a complicated one, marked by tough challenges, with watershed moments, difficult decisions, but necessary ones”.

“2015 was, however, the year when normality was restored, the year when the foundations were laid for a deep reconstruction of Romanian society. With hope, courage and determination, Romanians have shown that any hardship can be overcome,” the president’s New Year address said.

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