The National Day of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – on April 27th – offers the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the great pleasure to convey the warmest congratulations and best wishes of prosperity, peace and unity to the Dutch people.
Romania and the Kingdom of the Netherlands enjoy 137 years of diplomatic relations. Likewise, on August 25th, 2016 we celebrated 50 years since the diplomatic relations between the two countries have been raised at Embassy level. The substance of the bilateral relations between our countries is not rooted only in the excellent economic ties, but also in the countless bonds in areas such as education, culture and people-to-people contacts as an important driving force.
As a proof of the dynamic political dialogue between Bucharest and The Hague, we recall the visit of the Prime Minister of Romania to the Netherlands on March 9th, 2016 and the visit of the President of Romania to the Dutch town of Kerkrade on November 18th, 2016 to receive the „Martin Buber” Plaque. The plurality of contacts – at all levels and on different topics of mutual interest – confirm time and again the values our countries share and indicate the significant potential to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation.
Dutch investments in Romania ranking first position with more than 9 billion Euro through more than 4.904 companies are proof of the excellent economic ties between the two countries. In 2016 bilateral trade amounted 3,1 billion Euro, with exports up by 9% to over 1 billion Euro and imports up by 12,32% to 2 billion Euro. The main sectors in which Dutch companies invest in Romania are agriculture, water management and food industry. Attracting Dutch investments in areas such as research, innovation, IT, environment, shipping and agriculture could help further develop the economic cooperation.
Considering the wide-ranging security, political and economic challenges that our continent faces it comes naturally that Romania and the Netherlands strengthen cooperation within the EU and NATO. As partners and allies our countries share a common vision regarding the necessity to reinforce the European project, based on the respect for its fundamental values and principles. We value the Netherlands as an important partner of Romania to work with in a spirit of solidarity, mutual understanding and trust in the interests of our citizens. Moreover, we strongly believe that we need to deepen cooperation and understand each other’s concerns in order to cope with unprecedented challenges.
In the context of current debates regarding the future of Europe this year, we celebrated 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome that laid the foundations of the EU. It is in this spirit that Romania will assume in the first semester of 2019 its first Presidency of the EU Council, pleading for pro-European solutions and policies meant to bring added value to the integration process.
Nationals abroad – Romanians living, working and studying in the Netherlands and the Dutch living in Romania – and the ensuing mixed families enrich our societies and are another proof of our strong bonds.
Therefore, Romania and the Kingdom of the Netherlands enjoy all favorable conditions to further deepen the bilateral cooperation in all areas in the upcoming years.
Now, more than ever, the force of the EU lies in unity, cohesion and an innovative vision for the future. A flexible and inclusive Union has the potential to deliver more stability and prosperity.
Roemenië wenst van harte Nederland een fijne Koningsdag!