President Klaus Iohannis welcomed a group of Romanians holding public offices in their countries of residence, underlining that their work is an example of dedication to serving the interests of their communities.
“The meeting reflects the vision of President Klaus Iohannis to encourage the creation of professional communities of Romanians living abroad and their counterparts in Romania and represents a first step towards establishing an informal network in which the exchange of experience and good practices is promoted,” according to a press statement released by the Presidential Administration.
Discussed at the meeting were problems facing Romanians in their countries of residence, as well as the ways in which the Romanian communities abroad can be supported. The teaching of the Romanian language in Diaspora and the neighbouring countries, dual citizenship and the need for greater civic and political involvement of Romanians in the countries of residence also featured among the topics addressed.
Iohannis reiterated the importance of the contribution of Romanians abroad to the development of Romania and expressed his interest in extending the links between the Romanians at home and those abroad in various areas of expertise.
Attending this first such meeting were 15 Romanians from ten countries in Europe and the Americas – Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the US, Sweden and Ukraine. The participants are holding various public positions, such as governmental appointments, elective offices in central governments, civil servants in central and municipal governments, appointed and elected councillours at municipal or local levels.