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Romania, Europalia sign memorandum of understanding

Romania and the Europalia Arts Festival have signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding, in a ceremony at the National Library seat.

The document was signed by the Culture Minister, Corina Suteu, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Lazar Comanescu and the president of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) Radu Boroianu on Romania’s behalf and by Count Georges Jacobs De Haegen, president of the Europalia International Arts Festival, and Baroness Kristine De Mulder, managing director of Europalia International, on behalf of Europalia.

The memorandum sets the general framework that will allow collaboration among the relevant ministries in charge with organizing the Europalia, as well as the co-operation with the Brussel-based association. An important part will have the two diplomatic missions of Romania in Brussels – our country’s Embassy to Belgium and Romania’s permanent Representation to the European Union -, alongside which a contribution will have the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) Brussels.

“Europalia is not only a cultural project. It is, like only a few of the projects that make a country present in front of another nation, one of those visions which at some point the founders have decided to create in order to commence a ceaseless dialogue among the European nations,” said the Culture minister, Corina Suteu, stressing that through this project too “Europe remains a symbol of the unity in diversity.”

Reminding that he has spent almost 15 years of his diplomatic career in Brussels, the Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu said that Europalia is “one of the cultural events most qualitative, an outstanding opportunity for any country to present itself, to make itself known, to be better understood, in culture, in particular.”

“We must consider that one of the European construction’s success pillars is mirrored by this cultural richness Europe has,” said Comanescu who added that Romania’s participation in Europalia is “a final point of a road and a beginning of another road.”

He expressed satisfaction that Romania is participating in Europalia the very year it holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council.

“We could affirm and hope we will confirm through what will happen that 2019 will be a Romania year in Brussels. And this is a reason of national pride,” said Lazar Comanescu, stressing that these moments arrive after we will celebrate in 2018 the centennial of modern Romania.

Count Georges Jacobs De Haegen, president of the Europalia International Arts Festival ,characterized the event as an extraordinary chance of knowledge and reviewed the 50-year history of Europalia that included 30 festivals, 500 events, putting together one million visitors.

Baroness Kristine De Mulder, the managing director of Europalia International, appreciated that Europalia 2019 will represent a unique dialogue, carried out through the work of two teams of curators and experts, one Romanian, one of the host country, to present the Romanian creation.

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