Romania needs, more than ever before, cohesion around major national projects, unity, consensus, tolerance and solidarity, President Klaus Iohannis also told the plenary solemn sitting of Parliament on Monday dedicated to the National Day of Romania.
“We, who are leading the destinies of our nation, have a fundamental duty to those we represent to fully respect these choices, and their will to be law to us! There is only one way to get the society’s solidarity, Nicolae Iorga would say, and that would be the ideal around which all the energy and resources must be gathered. We need, more than ever before, cohesion around grand national projects, unity, consensus, tolerance and solidarity. It is the only way for us to build the country we want. The political class and the government should concentrate their efforts to respond to the needs of society, and the partnership with the citizens must be an honest and credible one.”
According to Iohannis, Romania must become the country where the expats want to return, and the Romanians at home should enjoy all the resources necessary to fulfill their aspirations.
“Reforming the big public systems, upgrading the public administration, strengthening state institutions and restoring the citizens’ confidence in them, capitalising on the creative energies of the Romanians, protecting the national identity, the heritage and resources, securing economic stability and sustainable development, promoting democratic values are just a few the objectives we have to achieve. It won’t be easy, but we have learned from our past that any major project requires a lot of hardworking, seriousness and professionalism. The outcomes are remarkable when the Romanians want and support all these noble causes,” Iohannis said.
He added that he is honoured to be part of the project to reconstruct Romania, which is at the same time a responsibility.
“I am confident in our ability, as a nation, to make things work, so that Romania may get in line with the values and principles we believe in. We are the artisans of the future Romania and our actions depend on the modernisation and development we have been expecting for long. Together, let us make Romania normal, the powerful country that the ancestors dreamed of, the democratic society hoped by those who gave their lives for freedom 30 years ago, a single, prosperous country, of all, as our young people want,” the President added.
Iohannis added that 2019 was a heavy election year. “Although we have faced many tensions and conflicts, with the politicisation of sensitive issues and with attempts to deepen the faults in the society, the big win this year is that the Romanians, by their vote, have stated clearly and willingly that they want a pro-European Romania, strongly attached to the values of democracy and the rule of law, a prosperous country, with efficient public systems, with an independent justice, with a political class in the service of the citizens. By their choice in the referendum, the European elections and the presidential election, the Romanians voted not to forget who we are and where we want to go. What a strong connection with the historical ideals we celebrate these days than this firm reconfirmation of our national identity! Because of all these resounding victories of this democratic vote in the first year of Romania’s second century of existence, we have proved without any doubt that the Romanians, despite difficult circumstances, are genuine Europeans and they share and take up the same values and benchmarks as the other citizens of our old continent,” said Iohannis.
Pm Orban: We are part of the EU, but our economy did not progress as much as we wanted
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban stated on Monday in Parliament, on the occasion of the solemn session held for the National Day of Romania, celebrated on December 1, that although Romania is part of the European Union, and “democracy made significant progress, the economy and the society did not progress” as much as the Romanians wanted.
“Through a popular uprising, in December 1989, the Romanian state got to be rebuilt, based on the people’s will, who wants it to be democratic and European. However, we did not achieve all the hopes of that month of December 30 years ago. We are part of the European Union now, we are part of the most important military alliance of the democratic states, our democracy made significant progress, but our economy and society did not progress as much as we wanted. In those past 30 years a new generation matured, a generation that has new expectations from us and new exigencies to which we need to find the right answers, or we risk to lose it. For this generation was born in freedom, in democracy, it is an European generation, more free and more mobile than all the other ones we had in the past century,” said Orban.
He also added that the tensions between generations are a reality not just in Romania, but in the entire contemporary Europe, but in our country “the problem is aggravated by the migration phenomenon and especially by the lack of trust of the youth in the capacity of the institutions and political leaders to bring Romania where they expect it to be.”
“The modernization of the state, building trust, managing public matters are the path that we need to follow, so that the country that we inherited from those who achieved the Greater Union will be able to overcome the new challenges. A legislative and institutional framework, public policies that guarantee people’s rights, which will encourage investments and development and stimulate and support the creative, talented, hard-working ones, while offering at the same time to the more vulnerable the support they need, can only lead not just to the rebirth of trust in the future that each citizen can have in Romania, but also in strengthening our country’s position in Europe and in the world. We cannot accept any backsteps in our European commitment, and the Romanian society showed an exemplary capacity of mobilization in the European and presidential elections, when it comes to defending our belonging to the EU,” Orban told Parliamanet.
Among the guests of this event were also former heads of the Romanian state, the Custodian of the Crown, Margareta, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Daniel, archbishops of the Roman-Catholic and Greek-Catholic churches, presidents of the Constitutional Court, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, Romanian Academy, Court of Accounts, the Legislative Council.