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Meeting of bilateral Governmental Committee on Romania’s German Ethnics ends with protocol signing

The works of the 19th session of the Romanian-German Governmental Committee on the issues of Romania’s German ethnics concluded on Friday with the signing of a protocol that defines the cooperation framework for next year.

The document, signed by the committee’s two co-chairs, Secretary of State Alexandru Victor Micula (photo R), and the Federal Government Commissioner for matters related to ethnic German resettlers and national minorities Hartmut Koschyk, reviews from the social – economic, educational and cultural perspective the main measures envisaged by the Romanian and German institutional environment and non-governmental organizations, the Foreign Ministry said in a release to Agerpres on Friday.

The programs to be carried out bring a special contribution to the development and strengthening of the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of the German minority in Romania, the release mentions.

According to the cited source, Secretary of State Alexandru Victor Micula approached some of the general lines the bilateral relation is built on, emphasizing the fact that Romania, as a solid partner in the Central and Southeast European space, remains committed to the European project and attaches special importance to bilateral cooperation, towards promoting the common interests at EU level and providing a solidary and responsible answer to the current challenges.

The committee’s meeting was an occasion to tackle new themes, such as the rediscovery of Romania by young Saxons and Swabians living in Germany, but with ancestry in Romania. The Secretary of State delivered, alongside Romania’s Ambassador to Germany, a presentation on the subject, emphasizing the advantages of implementing relevant projects, as a catalyst for the bilateral relationship, the Foreign Ministry said.

In this context, the parties agreed that such debates, meant to enrich bilateral cooperation perspectives, become a regular element of the committee’s works.

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