Counselor of Romania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry and former Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu was presented on Monday with the Legion of Honor distinction, in rank of Officer, within a ceremony which took place at the French Embassy, with Ambassador Michele Ramis adding that the diplomat is “among those who knew better what Romania owes to Europe, but also what Europe owes to Romania.”
The French diplomat brought to mind Comanescu’s contribution in Romania’s journey towards the accession to NATO and the European Union, but also the beginnings of the strategic partnership between Romania and France.
“You’ve taken Romania’s voice on the highest international diplomatic spheres and close to each of its partners and interlocutors, and you have been an artisan and an essential actor of Romania’s European journey. In the context in which Romania is preparing to take over, as a first, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and when there are numerous cleavages on our continent, you are among those who know better what Romania owes to Europe, but also what Europe owes to Romania,” the Ambassador of France in Bucharest stated.
She spoke about Comanescu’s devotion towards France.
“Throughout your career you have always been close to the idea of maintaining and developing the relation which gathers Romania and France, and putting this relationship in an European perspective,” Michele Ramis pointed out.
Comanescu also referred to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as to Romania’s outlooks in this context.
“In the first six months of the next year, an aspect that has already been mentioned, Romania will hold for the first time the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. I hope that this thing leads to a more powerful cooperation between Romania and France, both at European and bilateral level. At European level, I am aware of the essential role of France, next to Germany, in the European project and I hope that we, Romanians, will be able to benefit, as much as possible, from our future presidency, in order to get closer, through a constructive and substantive contribution, to the development of these projects, of what we often call the nucleus of the European Union,” Lazar Comanescu stated.