Romania will continue to be part of the Francophonie, as it is intimately tied to these values, Romanian state officials assured at the conference “Centennial Romania’s Francophone cultural model,” which marked the 25th anniversary of organisational Francophonie in Romania, held in cooperation with the La Francophonie’s Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe (BRECO) and the University of Bucharest.
Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu stressed the importance of Romania’s accession to the Francophonie – the first act of Romania’s reintegration with the organisations it aspired to join.
“I am delighted to celebrate with our Francophone partners 25 years since Romania joined the Francophone movement, which became the International Organisation of La Francophonie in 1997. I remember this event, joining the organisation was the first act of Romania’s reintegration with the organisations and movements of which Romania had aspired to become a member. The moment became become symbolic because in the 15 years that ensued, Romania has regained its natural place within the Council of Europe, NATO’s Partnership for Peace and the European Union,” Melescanu is quoted as telling the meeting hosted by the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) in a MAE press statement.
According to him, it is no coincidence that Romania’s path to integration with the bodies of which it is now a member began with La Francophonie.
“Indeed, Francophone values, the language and culture have long accompanied the history of Romania. In the 19th century, the political, economic and cultural elites of Romania would study in Paris and hold close ties with their counterparts in the world and the City of Lights. (…) The union of the two Romanian Principalities, Moldavia and Walachia, ended with support from French Emperor Napoleon III, while the unification of Romania with its other territories after the Paris Conference, after World War I, also happened with support from France’s elites (…) We should always mention the common Latin roots that the French and the Romanian languages share. The Francophonie is, therefore, a connection with our ancestors and a way of life. It is in our DNA,” said Melescanu.
He added that the Romanian state officials continue to believe in the values of La Francophonie and its durability, because Romania is proud to be a Francophone country and intends to continue this tradition.
“Our meeting is more than an occasion to celebrate and have a celebration. I am convinced that it will be a starting point for deeper thinking about the future of France and the role of Romania, which will continue to contribute to the shining of the French culture. The anniversary of one century of organisational Francophonie is an opportunity to thank our partners. Romania’s efforts to brighten the Francophone values in the region have been strongly encouraged by BRECO, with the Francophone Women Conference and the Network of Francophone Women Entrepreneurs being the last examples to date. The Francophone University Association and its regional office have been helping us manage Eugen Ionesco scholarships since 2007. (…) The French Institute has been an extraordinary technical coordinator for our annual linguistic and professional training programs up to this year. (…) The future Romanian Presidency of the EU Council also represents an opportunity for the Francophone space and I must say that Romania is counting on Francophone countries for solidarity and support for Romania holding a seat on the UN Security Council,” said Melescanu.
A message from the President of Romania was extended to the event by presidential advisor Sergiu Nistor, who emphasised that the International Day of La Francophonie is an excellent opportunity for Romania to reconfirm its attachment to La Francophonie.
“Not only is Romania’s membership of the organisational Francophonie one of our most precious international commitments, but it is also the expression of our most important values that have contributed to the development of our Francophone society as an expression of Western values, as the great victories of modern Romania remind us. The political decisions followed by Romania more than a hundred years ago and the politicians of 1918 have completed a historical process that associated the values of the French Revolution of 1789 and of the Romanian revolutions that led to the development of Romania after a Western pattern. Today’s conference will highlight the national and historical context as well as the international and contemporary context of Romania’s relationship with the values of La Francophonie,” said the presidential adviser said Nistor.
According to the President, Romania is “intimately” tied to the values that characterise La Francophonie, which is also a shared inheritance and a very strong commitment of Romania to the International Organisation of La Francophonie’s commitments in the area.
“The aegis of the President of Romania for the Conference of Women in Bucharest, as well as his commitment to gender equality and the economic situation of women, are two aspects of these things. (…) Romania will continue this action in favour of La Francophonie, focusing on the capacity of our organisation to meet the multiple challenges of the contemporary world,” said Nistor.
OIF Official: Romania and Francophony – a story to continue
Romania and the Francophony represent a story that will continue, with our accession to the International Organization of Francophony (OIF) helping us to achieve the status of a regional leader, Dr. Rennie Yotova, manager of the OIF Regional Office for Central and Oriental Europe (BRECO) stated on Wednesday, on the occasion of the conference “The Francophone cultural model of Centenary Romania,” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of institutional Francophony in Romania.
“The second ministerial conference of Francophony in 1998 was the one that allowed Romania to confirm its status of a leader in the region and then, in 2006, at the 11th Summit of Francophony held in Bucharest. Romania has never ceased, through its gestures and words, to prove its fondness to the French language and Francophony. (…) Before Romania takes over the presidency of the European Union Council next year, we must remember about the tight connections existing between the Francophone space and Europe, and especially in Central and Oriental Europe. Three founding countries of the EU are part of the Francophony, while the French language remains one of the three working languages of the European institutions,” showed the OIF official.
According to her, following Romania’s and Bulgaria’s examples, the Francophone countries consider the French language as an optimal modality to express their adhesion to the Francophony values, to the human rights values and the solidarity on which the EU-key principles of the Francophony are founded, while fighting against hate and discrimination under all its forms.
“In Eugen Ionescu’s country it is essential to remark the fact that we must never get used to “the troops of rhinoceros that run the streets anytime.” Romania’s fondness of the Francophony shows through its prosperity – and I am referring now to the very many foreign or multinational companies recruiting people who speak French language very day. There where knowing English is very good for the candidates, the French language is the one to make the difference, (..) Romania and Francohpny represent a story to continue,” said Rennie Yotova.
She underscored that it was a great honour for her to represent the OIF management for the event in Bucharest, on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary since Romania adhered to this organization.
French, added Rennie Yotova, is a language of the heart learned by numerous Romania, as attested by the numerous bilingual highschools established in Romania in time.
Mircea Dumitru, rector of the University of Bucharest, underscored that Romania’s destiny is, without a shadow of a doubt, an European one.