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Dignitaries participate in ceremonies to mark the 162nd anniversary of the Union of the Romanian Principalities

The presidents of the two Chambers of Parliament, Anca Dragu and Ludovic Orban, have participated, on Sunday, in the events held on the occasion of the 162nd anniversary of the Union of the Romanian Principalities.

Ludovic Orban attended the events organized in Focsani, while Anca Dragu participated in the ceremony held at the statue of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, on the Hill of the Romanian Patriarchy in Bucharest, where she will lay a wreath.

The Minister of National Defence, Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, as well as the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu, were also present at the same military ceremony, where the officials laid wreaths at the statue of ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza.

At the same time, the Ministry of National Defence will organize, in the garrisons where there are monuments dedicated to the Union of the Principalities, military and religious ceremonies.

For health security reasons, the participants in these events will not join hands for the Hora [a round dance – editor’s note] of the Union this time, as was the case in previous years.

On the Day of the Romanian Principalities, the hierarchs, priests and deacons of the Orthodox Church held a Te Deum service in all churches, and at the end of the service, the bells will ring for one minute.

At the Holy Mass officiated at the Patriarchal Cathedral was mentioned the ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the metropolitans Nifon of the Romanian Country and Sofronie Miclescu of Moldova, as well as all those who contributed to the unification of the Romanian Principalities.


PM Citu: The power to achieve our objectives, as a nation, lies in our unity


Prime Minister Florin Citu says that the power to achieve our objectives, as a nation, lies in our unity, a message addressed on the occasion of the 162nd anniversary of the Union of Romanian Principalities.

“The Union of the Romanian Principalities under the leadership of Alexandru Ioan Cuza reminds us that the power to achieve our goals, as a nation, lies in our unity. We were able to return to freedom and democracy while being united against the dictatorship, in December 1989. We have shown that we can stop serious slippage, we can save democracy, when an illegitimate and oppressive power has acted against its own people. And also together we will succeed in protecting the health of the people, of us all, and to recover economically after the pandemic. Happy birthday to all Romanians!,” wrote Florin Citu, on Sunday, on his Facebook page.


President Iohannis: Our legacy from the architects of the Union of 1859 represents the solid foundation on which to continue Romania’s modernization


The legacy left to us by the architects of the union of 1859, both institutional and symbolic, represents the solid foundation on which to continue Romania’s modernization, President Klaus Iohannis said on Sunday, in a message occasioned by the 162nd anniversary of the Union of the Romanian Principalities.

“Today we pay homage to the triumph of the ideal of the Union of Romanian Principalities in 1859. In a truly historical political and social symbiosis, the people and elites of the time imposed their goal inside and outside the borders: the unity of Romanians in the two Principalities, Moldavia and Tara Romaneasca,” said Klaus Iohannis.

The head of state emphasized the decisive contribution of the ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza in achieving this desideratum.

“This brilliant moment could not have been achieved without the decisive contribution of a remarkable personality. The double election of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, as lord of Moldavia and Tara Romaneasca, was an event cleverly thought out by those inside and outside the state, Romanians and foreign friends devoted to the noble ideal of the Union,” said Iohannis.

He recalls that, in just a few years of office, Alexandru Ioan Cuza built the institutional, administrative and legal framework of the modern Romanian state by adopting a new Civil Code and by imposing the division of administrative responsibilities at the central and local level, being also the initiator of extensive agrarian and fiscal reforms, as well as of a package of laws dedicated to Romanian education.

The President pointed out that, at present, Romania has a new historical role, and the current course is inextricably linked to its membership in the European Union and NATO.

He concludes his message with a call for unity and solidarity.

“The most precious lesson of the living pages of history since the Union of 1859 is that of unity and solidarity, so beautifully expressed in the anthem of the Union of Principalities: ‘I am your brother, you are my brother!.’ No matter the obstacles, as long as we all want a better Romania, we will be able to achieve our goal if we remain united and have as our goal the good of the whole nation,” the head of state also stated.

Photo: Facebook/Anca Dragu

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