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Ambassador Marco Giungi: Both on day of celebration and in the face of challenges, Romania knows it can count on Italy

The National Day – which recalls the fundamental choice made by the Italian people in 1946, when the republican form was decided over the monarchical one in a referendum – has always been a solemn moment cherished by all Italians. Abroad, its significance gains special hues: it is not only “the celebration of Italians” but also the opportunity for two countries to attest the firmness of bilateral relations. Usually, the concrete and visible signals of a relationship of friendship and of intense collaboration are emphasised: from bilateral trade to the exchange of visits at political level, from the joint involvement within international fora to the milestones  along the common history. All these surely exist between Italy and Romania. The results, the figures, are testimony of intense and deep cooperation , there is a historical record of the relations of friendship, there is cultural and linguistic closeness, there are profound roots. Before all, there is a constant growth in all fields: firstly, growth in the presence of entrepreneurs in both countries, of Italian companies in Romania and of Romanian companies in Italy. But especially there is a desire to do more. Of not being content with the results, regardless of how excellent and eloquent they may be. At any meeting that we have, as Embassy and as “Sistema Paese” – alongside the Italian Foreign Trade Agency (ICE), the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Romania, Confindustria and the Italian Cultural Institute –, with Romanian counterparts, be they entrepreneurs, representatives of the Government, of the cultural world, of politics and of civil society, we find this “demand of Italy,” the will to collaborate even closer. We are certain that the newly formed Italian Government will know, want and be able to impart a new impulse and concrete answers to this “demand of Italy.” At local level, we are thrilled and flattered by the openness we are always shown, and we intend to use all resources to offer that collaboration that is being asked of us from several quarters.

Diplomatic relations are not a zero-sum game: we are aware and convinced of this. The action of “Sistema Italia” in Romania aims at loyal and open collaboration with local institutions, having the conviction that Italy is not present in Romania to take advantage of accidental situations but because it “believes” in this country. It believes in the two nations’ capacity to cooperate constructively and to capitalise on the said capacities, in a synergic action facilitated by the strong “Latin” mutual understanding.

The thousands of success stories are evidence in this sense in Romania, where the Italian entrepreneurial philosophy has found a fertile and productive ground, which is also true in Italy, where so many Romanians have found a second Motherland. The figures are so big that controversial situations or difficulties cannot be absent: it’s a question of statistics. But the global reality of the relations is of such nature that we are always sure we want and are able to jointly handle any difficulty in the most honest spirit of collaboration and mutual trust.

Such a spirit is even more important in the historical framework we are going through: Romania celebrates its centennial, preparing for a challenge of great importance such as holding the presidency of the EU for the first time, in a framework of great changes in our common European home. Both on a day of celebration and in the face of challenges, Romania knows it can count on Italy.

 

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