The Romanian Ambassador in France, Luca Niculescu, was elected on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, as the Chairman of the Group of Francophone Ambassadors in France (GAFF), which gathers more than 40 ambassadors from the states that are members, associates and observers to the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF), accredited in the French Republic.
Following a unanimity vote given by the members of the GAFF Board of Directors, Ambassador Luca Niculescu, who was the Vice Chairman of the Group in the last two years, took over the position of the Chairman from the Haitian Ambassador, Vanessa Lamothe, who ended her term as ambassador.
Established in February 2014, the Group of Francophone Ambassadors aims at promoting the French language, as well as the values and principles of Francophonie. GAFF’s actions aim at promoting Francophonie in its entire diversity, to encourage the exchange of experience between the francophone states and contribute to the approach between cultures and capitalize the synergies in the francophone area. Since it was established, the Group has initiated and implemented a series of conferences, debates, seminaries and visits at the level of local authorities, benefiting from a high-level participation of the French officials.
Thanking for the trust given to him by the ambassadors of the francophone states in Paris, Luca Niculescu highlighted Romania’s loyalty to the Francophonie’s cultural and values area, evoking our country’s action in promoting Francophonie in the Central and Eastern Europe, in a close coordination with the regional offices of OIF and AUF (Universal Francophone Agency) from Bucharest.
This responsibility comes in an important moment of the activity of the Romanian Embassy to Paris, namely the actions arising from the exercise of the Romanian presidency of the Council of European Union and from running the France – Romania Season, representing a recognition of our country’s active role in promoting the French language and the principles if the institutional Francophonie.