President Klaus Iohannis says many Romanians celebrate Italy’s National Day. He also announced that his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella will visit Romania soon.
Speaking at the reception offered on the occasion by the Italian Embassy in Bucharest Thursday night, Iohannis mentioned the significant Romanian community in Italy.
“I am sure my fellow nationals will assent to my affirmation that Italy’s national day is also an occasion to celebrate for the many Romanians who live in your country. The presence of a large Romanian community in Italy is also an expression of the friendship bonds, of the partnership and of the mutual respect between Romania and Italy. The fact that such a high number of Romanians have chosen to live and work in Italy is by itself a reconfirmation of the special relations we share, and a strong link between our peoples,” he stated.
The president also stressed that the political dialogue with Italy has reached lately an exceptional level; he recalled his visits to Rome and Milan last year.
“I strongly believe that the forthcoming visit to Romania of the President of the Italian Republic, Mr. Sergio Mattarella, will represent a continuation and enhancement of this dialogue,” said Iohannis.
Italian Ambassador: Romania meets Schengen criteria since 2011
Romania meets the criteria for joining the Schengen Area since 2011, and Italy supports this goal, Italian Ambassador Diego Brasioli (photo L) said Thursday night.
In his speech as host of Italy’s National Day celebration at the embassy in Bucharest, he said, “Italy is very close to Romania and we proudly support its legitimate aspiration of joining the Schengen Area. We think Romania has met all the necessary criteria for becoming a part of the Schengen Area as early as 2011.”
He mentioned the Romanian community in Italy and the successful integration of Romanians into the Italian society.
“I think it’s hard to imagine a closer relation between two countries than the one between Italy and Romania. We speak very much alike languages, we share cultural values, we have similar tradition,” the ambassador said.
He also insisted on the bilateral economic relations: “More than one million Romanians live in Italy and are successfully integrated into our society. More than 20,000 Italian companies invest and produce in Romania, in all economy areas. (…) More than 2,000 Italian companies entered the Romanian market in 2015.”