The Government honored on Tuesday the celebration of the International Francophonie Day, with Premier Viorica Dancila stating that Romania, which joined the francophone movement 25 years ago, has earned recognition as a beacon state thereof in Central and Eastern Europe.
“To our country this is a celebration with a historic character. Ever since the Great Union and even before that Romania has belonged to the family of French-speaking nations. Francophony was one of the first international structures Romania has joined after 1989, and today our country is acknowledged as a beacon of Francophony in the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe,” Dancila said as cited in a government release.
Romania acquired in 1991 the status of observer and went on to become a full member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie – OIF in 1993; along with its long-lasting francophone tradition, this status allowed Romania to strengthen the global dimension of international cooperation, the cited source said.
“The celebration of Francophonie Day in 2018 in all the French-speaking regions under the motto ‘French language: what unites us in action’ evokes the solidarity of the Francophone states and their joint action along several dimensions, including politics, economy and culture, reflecting at the same time the new momentum of the International Organization of La Francophonie. Francophonie Day is the celebration of every citizen who appreciates French language, the cultural diversity of the Francophone space and the values promoted by Francophony. It is the celebration of those who support the importance of multilingualism in the era of globalization,” the release reads.