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Teodor Meleșcanu, Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs: ”King’s Day represents a unique and special celebration that centres on the profound histori-cal values of the Netherlands and brings together the Dutch society in an extraordinary spectacle of joy”

It is with great pleasure that we convey our best wishes and cordial congratulations to all Dutch people celebrating Koningsdag this year.

King’s Day represents a unique and special celebration that centres on the profound historical values of the Netherlands and brings together the Dutch society in an extraordinary spectacle of joy. The people of the Netherlands have much to be proud of and indeed to celebrate. The Netherlands is one of the founders of the European project and an active supporter of liberty, understood in its wide political, social and economic facets, making it one of the most respected members of the international community.

As Romania celebrates this year three decades since regaining its own free destiny among Europe’s democracies, we are reminded of the shared aspirations upon which the present Dutch-Romanian relations are founded.

Over time, our bilateral cooperation has grown dynamically around our joint interests as NATO and EU members. Today, the Netherlands is the largest investor in our national economy, with investments amounting to almost ten billion euros. Also, there is a significant potential to continue expanding our economic collaboration.

In the past few months, Bucharest has welcomed the visit of Prime Minister Rutte – the first visit by a Dutch Prime Minister to our country in 15 years, which served as a basis for reinforcing political ties between the two states, especially in the context of the ongoing Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Romania and the Netherlands have similar fundamental views when it comes to security, defence, and the importance of the transatlantic partnership. HNLMS Evertsen has recently participated in NATO’s Sea Shield maritime exercise hosted by Romania in the Black Sea, in what was one of the fruitful examples of our sustained effort to promote the security of our continent.

The nature of our cooperation has become more diverse and intense. However, this is all intrinsically about building enduring people-to-people connections across different fields in a manner that strengthens European unity, as outlined by the motto of our EU Council Presidency.

Although different in many respects, the Dutch and the Romanian peoples have in common an unfaltering appetite for individual freedom and a lively sense of frankness. This makes us purposeful members of the European family and brings a distinctive touch to the rich diversity of the EU.

Wij wensen al onze Nederlandse vrienden een hele fijne Koningsdag!

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