President of Romania Klaus Iohannis received on Saturday the Honor Medal, the highest distinction of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania (FDGR), occasion on which the head of state stated that both the German minority and the Forum represents a bridge between Romania and countries like Germany and Austria.
“I believe that it’s worth, in this festive moment, to emphasize the role as a bridge played by the German minority and the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania, a bridge, obviously, between Romania and Germany, a bridge between Romania and Austria, a bridge between the different communities in Romania and, if I were to evaluate the different values of the role as a bridge, I believe the latter is the most important. The fact that the members of the German community, the members of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania, have always been actively involved for the better understanding within the communities of our country, between the communities in our country. I believe this is worth emphasizing and applauding,” said President Klaus Iohannis, during the ceremony that took place at the FDGR headquarters in Sibiu.
Klaus Iohannis, a former leader of the FDGR, showed that all he did in politics comes mostly from the work undertaken in this Forum.
“It is for me, truly, a moment of great emotion to receive the highest distinction of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania, an organization that I had the honor and, I admit, the pleasure of running for a few years. I started my political career in the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania and I must say that what I did in politics, the things I believe in in politics, in Romanian politics, but also in European politics, come, mostly, from my work in and for the German Forum, but, also, certainly from the school years,” said Klaus Iohannis.
FDGR MP Ovidiu Gant mentioned, in his Laudatio, the moment in 1990 when Iohannis chose to become a member of the FDGR, a commitment that changed his life.
Klaus Iohannis was elected in 2000 mayor of the city of Sibiu, a first mandate that was stated by the FDGR to be “difficult” because the majority of the councilmen did not support him, which made him conclude a collaboration protocol with the PSD. The most important moment in the three mandates Klaus Iohannis had as mayor of Sibiu was in 2007 when Sibiu became the first city in Romania to be a European Cultural Capital.
Also attending the ceremony were National Liberal Party (PNL) chair Ludovic Orban and First Deputy Chair Raluca Turcan who is also the leader of the Sibiu county branch of the PNL. Since 2013, Iohannis became a member and deputy chair of the PNL, and since 2014 he took over the leadership of the party, later that year winning the presidential elections. According to the FDGR Laudatio, Iohannis became President of Romania in 2014, in a period in which the German community shrank to less than 10 percent of its previous size.
The FDGR also claims that one more step is necessary for political change in Romania, namely the re-election of Klaus Iohannis as President of Romania.
I want to remain President of Romania, not European Council
President Klaus Iohannis stated, on Saturday, that he wishes to remain President of Romania and not become President of the European Council.
“I am the President of Romania and I want to remain President of Romania, not of the European Council. (…) There are many things to be done and I am willing to remain involved,” Iohannis stated, at the ceremony awarding him the Honor Medal of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania.
We have had majority that worked against Romanians
The Head of State also said on Saturday, that in Romania there was a parliamentary majority that “worked against Romanians” and that had as an objective “the subjugation of the judiciary to the interests of some persons”.
“We have had a governmental and parliamentary majority that had as a main objective the subjugation of the judiciary to the interests of one person. We have had a majority that denied the basic principle of a democracy, the principle which states that those governing must work together and for those governed. We have had a majority that worked against Romanians, against those governed, in order to ensure political benefits,” Klaus Iohannis stated, in the ceremony that awarded him the Honor Medal of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania.
He also spoke of the results of the elections on May 26, mentioning that the vote at the referendum on justice matters was so clear that no politician dares to come out publicly with an opinion to the contrary.
“We had on May 26 European Parliament elections. On that occasion, I decided to call a referendum, to offer Romanians the opportunity to express their opinion regarding these demarches against justice and to express their opinion on the government. The result was extremely clear. The elections were lost by the governing party and were won by the National Liberal Party, and the referendum received a vote so clear that today no politician in Romania dares to come out publicly with an opinion to the contrary. Over 6.5 million Romanians said “Yes” to both questions asked on the occasion of the referendum. And thus, overnight, the political perception in Romania changed. But only the perception changed, not the political composition in Romania,” said the President.
He added that it is important that Romanians understand they must participate in elections.
“It is just the first step that we made, the European Parliament elections. The presidential elections will follow, local elections will follow in the spring of next year, and parliamentary elections in the autumn of next year, or, who knows, maybe even faster. And Romanians must understand that it is extremely important to participate in all elections, in order to fix what was broken, in order to restore Romania’s dignity,” Iohannis stated.