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January 21, 2022

Iohannis: Romania-Germany relations have flourished permanently in last 25 years

The Romanian-German relations have grown steadily since the signing of the Political Treaty between the two countries on April 21, 1992 in Bucharest, and have now acquired a privileged character of strategic nature, underlines President Klaus Iohannis in the message sent to the participants at the “Romania and Germany – New Chances for Europe?” conference.

“As stated in the preamble to the Treaty, the two states undertook to act so as ground their relations “on a new, broad, forward-looking basis, in the spirit of friendly cooperation and partnership, encouraged by historic changes in Europe to take new decisive steps for putting an end to Europe’s division and for creating a just and lasting peace order in Europe.” From that moment onwards, the Romanian-German relations have flourished permanently, acquiring at present, a privileged character of a strategic nature,” reads the message communicated by the presidential adviser, Leonard Orban.

The Head of State acknowledges that in recent years the political relations between the two countries have developed significantly, through frequent and substantial contacts at the presidential, governmental and parliamentary levels, as well as at regional and local level. Iohannis recalls that, at economic level, Germany is currently Romania’s most important trading partner and the third investor in the Romanian economy.

The President also points out the role played by the German community in the development of the bilateral relations between the two states, recalling that “the Germans in Romania are an integral part of our country’s history and identity, representing also a special bond of the bilateral relation.”

The head of the state mentions, last but not least, the actuality of the Romanian-German Treaty from the perspective of the European Union.

“The treaty remains (…) very topical through its objectives. It has at its heart the building of a new Europe, free and united by human rights, democracy and the rule of law. This is, as a matter of fact, Romania and Germany’s intention at European Union level. The Union must represent our common future, a space of security and prosperity that is based on shared values of peace, freedom and democracy, as well as respect for the European citizen and his interests. At the same time, at the continent’s scale, we must be on the look-out that the lines of division remain only in the pages of the history books. Romania is ready to work with Germany on the ambitious rebuilding of the European project,” Iohannis further communicates in his message.

The Conference was organised under the High Patronage of the President of Romania, by the Romanian-German Bilateral Cooperation Forum in cooperation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bucharest on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Treaty between Romania and the Federal Republic of Germany concerning the friendly cooperation and partnership in Europe. The main guests attending the event were, besides the Forum Chairman, Andrei Plesu, the Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Michael Roth, the Presidential Adviser, Leonard Orban, the State Secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Bogdan Manoiu and MEP Siegfried Muresan, as well as the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Cord Meier-Klodt.

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