European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu: Romania has become a stability pole in the region and an economic growth’s engine
The Romanian citizens deserve to have equal rights within the EU and more chances to a better life, says the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu in a message on the 10th anniversary of Romania’s EU membership.
“Ten years now since Romania is a EU member, ten years of growth, efforts, sacrifice and achievements, as well. In the last years in particular, Romania has become a stability pole in the region and an economic growth’s engine. After all these 10 years in which the European integration became a success of all of the Romanians, of the ordinary people, and of the Romanian state, too, new steps are to be made on our European road that must be continued and deepened. We are a dignified country, in full consolidation, with an extraordinary development potential and we could achieve much more in the years to come. The Romanian citizens deserve full equal rights in the EU and more chances to a better life,” said the European Commissioner in a message posted on the Facebook page of the European Commission’s Representative in Romania.
In her opinion, the road to Europe to a more integration is the one that will help Romania and its citizens even more.
“Europe we believe in means fight against poverty, much more solidarity and social justice, a dignified future for all Romanians. I’m proud to represent Romania to the European Commission and I’m optimistic with respect to our country’s European future. A special thought for the young who want to get involved and make it in their country – have faith in the European project, be part of it and in the next ten years, it’ll look like you want it to,” said Corina Cretu.
Dacian Ciolos, former European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in 2010 – 2014: To Romania, 10 years of EU membership mean 10 years of strengthening democracy
Ten years in the European Union means to Romania ten years of growth, development, strengthening of democracy, asserts the former Premier Dacian Ciolos, a European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in 2010 – 2014.
“For the people in Romania, ten years within the European Union could be seen almost daily, from the young who have the possibility to study, to enjoy professional experiences in EU countries, to the rural locality mayor who made it, by using European funds, to build a decent road for their villagers,” says Ciolos in a video message sent on the 10th anniversary of Romania’s EU membership and published on the Facebook page of the European Commission Representation in Romania.
Ciolos recalls that to him the ten years were “a period of very intense experience.”
“I’d dare say that, in a way or another, professionally speaking I’m the product of this rapprochement and integration of Romania with the European Union. I’ve started ever since student’s period, when due to Romania’s nearness to the European Union, I had the opportunity to follow internships in EU countries’ farms, first of all in France, to compare the way they make agriculture with what we do here and to be able to improve things from the professional point of view, at home. In that period too I had the chance to know the so-called Brussels with the European bodies from the inside through an internship I could follow at the European Commission. As well, the experience from Romania was afterwards useful on the next 5-year period of being a European Commissioner, practically Romania’s representative in what we could call in a certain way the Government of the European Union, where I dealt with agriculture and rural development,” says Ciolos.
He mentions that the period he used to be a European Commissioner, the common agricultural policy (CAP) was being reformed.
“It was the period I have reformed the common agricultural policy and I did it to look alike what Romania and Romanians, among other things, need to develop their agriculture and rural environment. I realised that the most efficient way to help Romania within the European Union is to be able to have this opening of vision and this experience which definitely enriches and makes us Romanians to be more aware of our potential and more confident of what we could do as a EU country,” adds Ciolos.
Romania’s first European Commissioner in 2007 – 2010, Leonard Orban: In the ten years since it accessed to the European Union, Romania saw major changes in the benefit of its citizens
In the ten years since it accessed to the European Union, Romania saw major changes, all of which in the benefit of its citizens, says Leonard Orban, Romania’s first European Commissioner in 2007 – 2010.
“We celebrate ten years of EU membership of Romania. In this period, Romania witnessed major changes, in the benefit of the Romanians citizens, in my opinion. I had the chance to contribute in a certain measure to Romania’s accession to the EU. I used to be a deputy negotiator, then a chief negotiator. If I look back, I realise that in a large range of fields we achieved more than we were expecting to achieve at that moment. I had the honour to be the first Romanian Commissioner in the EU’s history. I was a minister of European Affairs and as such I could administrate several files in which Romania could influence the decision at the European level. For instance – the budget for 2014 – 2020 of the EU, where Romania made it to obtain not only consistent sums of money for development, for both the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy, but also to get some favourable solutions for the speeding up and strengthening of the EU funds’ absorption. The direction we are now heading to is beneficial, it is one that allows us to consolidate as a state and the Romanian citizens to get more prosperous and more certain and optimistic as regards their future,” said Orban in a message posted on the Facebook page of the European Commission’s Representative in Romania.