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October 31, 2020

Iohannis leaves for Munich where he will receive an award from the Hanns Seidel Foundation

President Klaus Iohannis will visit Munich, on June 1-2, where he will receive the ‘Franz Josef Strauss’ award. The President will donate the EUR 10,000 prize to a foundation.

The Presidential Administration informs that the Head of State will be in Germany, where he will receive the ‘Franz Josef Strauss’ Award from the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, at the Royal Palace in Munich – “Allerheiligen-Hofkirche.”

“The Hanns Seidel Foundation and the leadership of Germany’s Christian-Social Union (CSU) have unanimously decided to confer the ‘Franz Josef Strauss’ award upon Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in 2018, for the constructive and visionary promotion, throughout his political career, of democratic values, of a united society and of confidence in the European project,” the mentioned source points out.

The ‘Franz Josef Strauss’ award is accompanied by a prize of EUR 10,000. Asked what he plans to do with the money, the Head of State said he will donate them.

“I have decided not to collect the money, but to donate them to charity. I have found a Foundation – the ‘One Child, One Hope’ Foundation, which has beautiful results, and it will receive this sum of money,” Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday.

The award has been conferred since 1996 upon outstanding personalities from politics, business, society, and culture, personalities who promote peace, freedom, the observance of the law, and democracy. The laureates of this award include former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

The Presidential Administration informs that, on Friday, the Head of State will confer the ‘Star of Romania’ National Order, Commandor Degree, to Barbara Stamm, President of the Landtag of Bavaria, who will be present at the events.

“The ceremony will take place at the headquarters of the Romanian General Consulate in Munich, the high distinction being awarded to the German official in sign of recognition of and appreciation for her political activity, for her special contribution to the development of Romanian-German relations, and for the social projects carried out in Romania,” the source adds.

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