President Klaus Iohannis expressed his regret that the events and projects dedicated to the Centennial are being prepared in the absence of a legal framework that should have been adopted by Parliament.
“I regret that the events and projects dedicated to the Centennial are being prepared in the absence of a legal framework yet to be adopted by Parliament. Also regrettable is the fact that, even though the successive Governments of the last year have repeatedly informed us of the imminent presentation of a national programme for the Centennial, and of the adoption of a transparent and operational mechanism of support, this hasn’t happened,” the President stated at the ‘Romania at the Centennial’ debate that the Presidential Administration organised at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, Agerpres informs.
According to Iohannis, “the petty political game has prevailed” over the opportunity to build political consensus, cohesion, and social commitment centring on national modernisation projects.
“I have encouraged all Romanian Governments since 2015, five of them, to undertake with maximum responsibility the role of proving – through concrete, important projects, responsibly implemented – our country’s capacity to enter its second century of modernity. The Centennial has created in Romanian society expectations maybe comparable to the moment our country acceded to the European Union in 2007. Unfortunately, the petty political game has prevailed over a rare opportunity: that of building political consensus, cohesion and social commitment around national modernisation objectives and projects, continuing the ideals of the Great Union,” the Head of State said.
In his opinion, the Centennial must not be “a simple opportunity for ceremonies,” because it does not mark only the moments that occurred one hundred years ago but also concerns the projects of modern Romania.
“I have repeatedly underscored that the Centennial of the Great Union must not boil down to a simple opportunity for ceremonies, whether pious or joyous. The Centennial does not mark only the moments 100 years ago, but it concerns the entire path of modern Romania and our future plans. Moreover, the Centennial cannot be separated from the history and fate of our continent, just like our future cannot be torn away from the European project of which we are a part,” the President said.
Iohannis pointed out that the event at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace was organised because he wanted to meet, at the start of the Centennial Year, those who asked him to confer upon them his High Patronage or who invited him to projects and events marking the events that occurred a century ago.
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