Dear Romanian citizens,
Dear Romanian friends,
December 1st, 2018 is a special moment of celebration for Romanians everywhere. We mark a fundamental moment for the evolution of modern Romania. A century ago, our ideal as a nation, being free and united in one country, overcame. National solidarity and desire for freedom were stronger than any obstacle. We all must learn from the example of the vision, abnegation and courage shown by Romanians back in 1918, that made it possible to reunite the people.
Beyond celebrations and ceremonies, the Centenary of the Great Union is the projection of the whole course of modern Romania over a century. The 100th anniversary of the Great Union speaks not only about the past, but also about the future and next goals, about our membership in NATO and the European Union. Romania has progressed and will continue to do so, remaining deeply attached to European and transatlantic values.
Today, Romanians live in a democracy won through sacrifice, a democracy perceived nowadays as a national asset. After more than a quarter of a century from the Revolution that changed the trajectory of our country, Romanians are firmly rooted in democratic citizenship. The business community is deeply attached to European values. That is why we will remain an important voice that will support the non-discriminatory enforcement of laws, reduction of bureaucracy, decision-making transparency, consultation with all stakeholders, increasing the participation of Romanian companies in partnerships with other European companies or partner countries.
For 25 years, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania has been closely following the evolution of the Romanian business environment and has also been honouring the performances within the National Rankings of Companies, an event that reached its 25th anniversary at this year’s edition. The evolution of the National Rankings of Companies is the best illustration of Romanian economic development in the last 25 years, reinforced by its membership in the European Union. Thus, if in 1994 Romania’s GDP was about $22.6 billion and the average net salary was $119, the average salary in 2018 is about $667 and Romania’s GDP has exceeded 212 billion euro.
These short examples above show Romania’s evolution in the past 25 years, a fact that gives us hope that the country will continue to register accelerated development.
In just one month, on January 1st, 2019, Romania will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a real opportunity to demonstrate our ability to carry out an extremely important task and to have sustained dialogue with European Union institutions as well as with the Member States. Romania will be at the heart of the decision-making process with direct impact on the way the European project develops and consolidates. This will be a genuine competence exam for the officials and statesmen of Romanian ministries, whose activity will be watched with utmost care by the business community.
For a prosperous and sustainable Romania, we need to be united. We must look forward to the future with confidence and find increasingly stable ways to build so that Romania becomes stronger and more prosperous. The Romanian business community remains deeply attached to European and Transatlantic values, the only ones that can guarantee the further development of Romania.
Happy anniversary Romania!