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Politicians, state institutions hail the role played by the Principalities Union Day in the history of modern Romania

PM Dancila: Today, we mark the Romanian Principalities Union Day both in Romania and in Brussels

The celebration of the Romanian Principalities Union Day not just in Romania, but also in Brussels, in the context in which Romania holds the Presidency at the EU Council is a reason for pride and, also, “a confirmation of the fact that the Romanian people always had the strength and wisdom to chose the right path,” Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Thursday in Brussels, in a message conveyed on the occasion of the celebration of 24 January (the Romanian Principalities Union Day).

“The fact that we mark today the Romanian Principalities Union Day both in Romania and in Brussels, where, as the state holding the EU Council Presidency we take on the responsibilities with honor, is a reason for pride for our country and for Romanians. It is also a confirmation of the fact that the Romanian people always had the strength and wisdom to chose the right path. I have absolute confidence in our national and European destiny. I have confidence in the Romanians and in Romania,” the PM conveyed in her message.

The PM mentioned that 160 years have passed since the first major historical act in the becoming of the current unitary and sovereign state – the Romanian Principalities Union on 24 January 1859, through the election of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the ruler of Moldavia and of Wallachia, underscoring that, at that time, the Romanians also had a “favorable external context, European-friendly states.”

“At that time, our aristocracy, through its intellectual and political peaks, as well as the majority of the population, succeeded in transforming into reality, on a sustainable basis, the ideal of the Romanian national unity, foreseen by the genius of ruler Michael the Brave [Mihai Viteazul] in 1600 and perfected with the Greater Union of 1918. We had a favorable external context on our side, European-friendly states, but above all, we had remarkable Romanian elites who believed in the Romanian destiny and an extraordinary popular will to “dry the Milcov [the Milcov River]” to remove the barriers between Romanian and Romanian,” PM Viorica Dancila stated.

Furthermore, she stated that the Romanians “have the experience of internal cohesion for a cause, of the fight for our place in history and in the world, of the victory that has never been achieved through invasions, but by defending what was ours”

“Let us celebrate this moment of our history with confidence in Romania and in the inexhaustible resources of the Romanian being. We have the experience of internal cohesion for a cause, of the fight for our place in history and in the world, of the victory that has never been achieved in conquest, but by defending what belonged to us. This page of history and the ideal of unity of our ancestors who made possible the becoming of the current Romania are fundamental to the future of the Romanian nation, to our evolution as a modern society, attached to the European values in which the rights and liberties are respected and defended, as a sovereign state, valued by the European and international partners,” the Prime Minister said.

Speaker Dragnea says national courage, diplomatic intelligence must be brought back to forefront of Romanian political life

National courage and diplomatic intelligence are values that should be brought back to the forefront of the current Romanian political life, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated in a message conveyed on the Romanian Principalities Union Day.

“The Union of the Romanian Principalities of Moldova and Wallachia in 1859 was an act of national courage and diplomatic intelligence – two values that should be brought back to the forefront of the current Romanian political life. I have the belief that, as it did every time in major moments of history, the Romanian nation will find its patriotic resources that have made it great and powerful. Happy birthday Romania!” Dragnea wrote on his Facebook page.

MAE: 24 January – one of the most important accomplishments of modern Romania

January 24th marks one of the most important accomplishments of modern Romania, which allowed an accelerated development of the country on the path of development and modernisation, a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) issued  on Thursday informs.

“The Union of the Romanian Principalities, the first moment of Romanians’ affirmation as a nation and its connection to ‘the European spirit’, as well as the first step for the achievement of the Romanian unitary national state was the result of the efforts and sacrifices of generations of politicians and scholars who included, ever since the programmes of the Forty-Eighters, the ideal of the Union of Moldavia and of Wallachia. The Union of 1859 signifies an act of high political will and national solidarity which represents an inducement to the present and future generations to preserve and cultivate a consciousness of national unity, and to develop a visionary action of the elites,” the MAE release says.

The Romanian diplomacy regards with respect and gratitude the makers of the Union of 1859, those who have acted for its international recognition, for the acquisition of state independence, as well as for the following processes of making the modern Romanian state.

Thanks to them, the MAE release shows, today, Romania is recognised for its attachment to the principles of international law and for the promotion of mutual respect, good understanding, openness to dialogue, values of multiculturalism that underpin its international profile and its external action.

“The sustained path of the Romanian nation towards achieving independence and accomplishing the modern Romanian unitary state has served as a model for the political action to this day, which allowed Romania to acquire its present, consistent and credible status within the European Union and NATO. Today, the message of the Romanian Principalities Union is found in the national wish to belong to the European community and North Atlantic space. On this day with great significance for all Romanians, let us celebrate together the Union of 1859 and reflect on the founding principles of modern Romania, unity, solidarity, dignity and social cohesion. ‘Happy birthday, Romania! Many happy returns Romanians!,'” the MAE release informs.

January 24 was declared a national holiday through Law No. 171/2014.

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