The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March, 17th – the National Day of Ireland – offers the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the opportunity to extend its warmest congratulations to Ireland and its people.
We take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the excellent bilateral relations between Romania and Ireland. Our relations are founded on a strong and durable friendship, good political, economic and cultural cooperation, as well as very amicable people-to-people connections. For over a quarter of a century, our diplomatic relations have known a positive trend and have led to solid political ties that give dividends both on the bilateral level, as well as within the European Union.
The quality of our cooperation on all levels strengthens both Romania and Ireland in order to cope with the significant challenges that Europe and the world are facing today. We enjoy problem-free bilateral relations and the still untapped potential to enhance and diversify our cooperation bilaterally and multilaterally is notable.
Today, as our countries are close partners, including as members of the European Union, the European Union remains an indispensable project for us all. This is the essence of our approach in the ongoing debates at European level. The present situation requires from us to regain citizens’ trust through concrete results in our European policies.
We believe that the most efficient solutions can be found if we act guided by the principles that lie at the core of the EU project – unity, cohesion, solidarity. From the perspective of the future Romanian EU Council Presidency (1st semester 2019), we stand ready to work with Ireland and other EU Member States on a consolidated European political project, based on respect for its fundamental values and principles.
The Romanian-Irish economic cooperation offers substantial opportunity for continuous growth in a number of sectors of mutual interest (such as IT&C, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, agricultural and food products, renewable energy, automotive components, small and medium enterprises). We are encouraged by the fact that significant Irish companies such as Ryanair and Met Life Insurance have started to invest in Romania and we look forward to further development in bilateral trade and investment.
But one of the most valuable assets for our bilateral relations is the Romanian community in Ireland. The over 65 000 Romanians who have chosen Ireland as their new home are well integrated in the Irish society, contribute in a substantial way both to the Irish society and economy, as well as adding another layer of the multicultural profile of Ireland.
Romania shares the joy of the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with Ireland on March 17th, and wishes the Irish people a Happy National Day!