Koningsdag celebrates the birth of King Willem-Alexander, a day with symbolic meaning considering the profound respect and fondness the Dutch have for the Royal House. The National Day of the Kingdom of the Netherlands offers the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the great pleasure to convey the warmest congratulations and best wishes to the Dutch people.
The Netherlands brought a great contribution to the world’s cultural and historical patrimony, being the home country of remarkable personalities like Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondriaan, Erasmus and Spinoza.
Romania and the Netherlands share a valuable friendship, rooted in a solid economic cooperation, consolidated by our political dialogue and complemented by countless ties in areas such as education and culture. The political and economic relations between Romania and the Netherlands developed in the last decade and we are constantly looking into ways of expanding them even further. The relations between our countries as member states of the European Union and NATO offers a privileged framework of further enhancement of our bilateral cooperation to a new level.
Dutch investments in Romania ranking first position with more than 9 billion Euro through more than 5000 companies stand proof of the solid economic ties between our two countries, but also of the profitability of the Romanian market. In 2017, the commercial exchanges reached more than 4 billion Euro, with a high perspective of growth. We welcome Dutch companies’ presence and international renewed know-how in areas of mutual interest such as agriculture, shipping, and water management.
Our continent is facing multiple overlapping crises, which require increased cooperation between European countries. The European project came to life because visionary leaders came together and tackled the challenges Europe was facing at the time and thus ensured long-term peace. It is in this spirit that Romania will act during its Presidency of the European Council in 2019. We will focus on what unites us – shared values and principles – and will focus on ensuring immediate action.
The strength of our relationship also derives from our nationals abroad – Romanians living, working and studying in the Netherlands and the Dutch living in Romania. The human connections between our countries, which found expression in countless projects, built real bridges between our countries.
With confidence that we will deepen cooperation to ensure stability and prosperity in Europe, we once again extend our congratulations to the Dutch people.
Gelukkige Nationale Dag!