It gives me a particular pleasure to extend to all Canadians, through Nine O’Clock, my sincere congratulations and my best wishes of prosperity and success on Canada Day.
There are many reasons to celebrate the ever more profound relation between Romania and Canada. Our common NATO membership and the active multilateral vocation continually enriches and consolidates our political dialogue. Romania and Canada find themselves side by side in the efforts to protect and uphold a world order based on rules and common values. There are numerous positive examples of our fruitful cooperation to choose from, in people-to-people contacts, trade, investment or culture. To enumerate them all would take the length of a book and not that of an article.
Instead, I will limit myself to underlining the consistent and dependable partnership developed in response to a challenging security context, not only in the Black Sea region, but also farther afield. As a member of NATO, Canada has recently contributed to keeping Romania’s (and the Alliance’s) airspace safe and secure, through a four months long enhanced Air Policing mission. We are ready to welcome again to Romania our Canadian friends from Air Task Force Romania, to continue our fruitful exchange of best practices, and to train for potential future operations together. Earlier this year, as a recognition of Canada’s contribution to the consolidation of Romania’s operational capacity and initiatives, General Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, was awarded the Star of Romania (Commodore Rank).
Also, Romania and Canada cooperate in ensuring that the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) benefits from critical capabilities in terms of medical evacuation by air and that the Romanian helicopter rotation, that will replace the Canadian Air Task force in Mali, will be an operational success.
On a different note, I cannot think of a better moment to signal the positive dynamic of our political, social and economic dialogue as the rapid succession of two important events: the end, on a successful note, of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council (on June 30th) and Canada Day (on July 1st).
As you already know, during the Presidency of the EU Council, Romania succeeded to achieve very important results on many priority areas. I am particularly proud that one of the main features of Romania’s Presidency of the EU Council was the strong support for a constructive transatlantic relationship. I am sure that the EU-Canada summit, which will take place soon, will confirm, once again, both the positive results achieved so far and the common resolve to deepen our cooperation.
The dynamics of the Canadian-Romanian political and economic relations, the cooperation in relevant policy areas, and the upward trend in our bilateral trade cooperation will undoubtedly allow us to build up on this momentum and to create a common space of prosperity and sound, principled policy for our citizens and for the world.
As we join in celebrating this special day, I would like to reaffirm Romania’s commitment to broaden and deepen the cooperation with Canada in the years to come.
Happy Canada Day!