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Happy Europe Day! Romanian officials emphasize need for solidarity and unity of the member states to defend EU’s fundamental values

President Iohannis: Europe must becomes stronger, more vocal, more capable, and better prepared

President Klaus Iohannis has sent a message on Europe Day, on Monday, stating that the Russian Federation’s threat to Euro-Atlantic security could remain a reality for years to come, while underscoring that Europe must becomes stronger, more vocal, more capable, and better prepared.

“Europe Day finds us in a completely redefined context this year. After the major challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are living the reality of the war on the borders of the European Union, which generated the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. We are living in an unprecedented time in the history of the Union, when our very ability to defend our fundamental values, centered around the concept on which the European construction was built, peace, is being tested. Maintaining the peace has been the main point for Europe in the past decades, a guarantee of stability that has allowed us to achieve an unprecedented level of prosperity at the Union level,” the head of state said in his statement.

Iohannis reminds that 2022 marks 15 years since the historic moment of Romania’s accession to the European Union, an option assumed and supported at the level of the entire society.

“The benefits of this choice are palpable today when we think about our nation’s long-term progress, with EU membership providing an irreversible path to democratic progress, economic and social development, solidarity and active engagement in the construction of the European project. Unfortunately, the shockwave produced by the unprovoked and illegal war waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, in the immediate vicinity of Romania, forces us to look at a reality that is radically different from the one we have known until a couple of moments ago. Robert Schuman’s words now sound more vivid than ever: “World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.” In order to be worthy of our mission, we need to adjust fast, to rethink the manner in which we use our resources to reach our objectives, and we also need to adjust our priorities for action to the great contemporary challenges we are facing,” said the head of state.

President Iohannis states that, in line with this vision, a decade and a half after accession, Romania is a member capable of actively contributing with solutions, while contributing with all that it has best to the wellbeing of the Union.

“The Russian Federation’s threat to Euro-Atlantic security may remain a reality for many years to come.Europe needs to become stronger, more vocal, more capable and better prepared, by strengthening transatlantic cooperation, developing the interoperability of capabilities and mobilizing efforts in full complementarity with NATO. The Union must provide sustained support for strengthening the resilience of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, which face dramatic challenges to their security and stability. The support and backing of Western Balkan partners also remains a priority. At the same time, we need to invest more attention and adequate resources to strengthen our capacity when it comes to dealing with the complex challenges of the present and the future, which go beyond the conventional military sphere, and extend to cyberspace and hybrid threats,” Iohannis said.

At the same time, the head of state shows that the preparation for a secure future also involves significant investments in education and the development of digital skills, but also the mobilization of the joint effort at national level to have a healthy environment.

“The challenge of ensuring food security will require effective action to reduce dependency in the European Union, but also to support Ukraine and the most vulnerable countries,” he said.

President Iohannis also points out that the current crisis has highlighted the need to strengthen the European Union’s energy security.

“The use of Black Sea resources, investments in new technologies in the field of nuclear energy and renewable energy production, as well as efforts to strengthen energy connectivity will allow Romania to actively contribute to European efforts in the field, assuming a role of regional security pole when it comes to energy,” says Iohannis.

The head of state also points out that the current war is also directed against all the European principles and values that constitute the essence and the binder of the European construction – democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.

“The lessons learned from our history have shown us that, in the absence of democratic principles, a stable, prosperous and peaceful future cannot be assured. 15 years after accession, our nation is showing that it is dynamic, deeply pro-European, empathic, compassionate has a spirit of sacrifice and fully internalized solidarity, respect for human dignity and the protection of human rights. And the enthusiasm of young Romanians, the vibrant core of our society, will be the driving force of the next stage of development of the European Romania. Many happy returns of the day, Europe! Many happy returns, Romania!,” he concluded.

 

PM Ciuca: Europe is now, more than ever, showing unity and solidarity amid world peace being threatened by the spectre of war

 

In a message on May 9, Europe Day, Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca says that Europe is now, more than ever, showing unity and solidarity amid world peace being threatened by the spectre of war.

“While until recently our minds were focused more on prosperity, economic development, today, because of the Russian military aggression in Ukraine on our borders, on the borders of the European Union, we return to the vision of the founding fathers of our Union. The Schuman Declaration is just as relevant today: ‘World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.’ Now that the spectre of war is once again threatening world peace after the difficult time of a pandemic, Europe is showing more unity and solidarity than ever before and making every effort to defend peace. The unity and cohesion of the member states, the coherence of the representation of our interests through the EU institutions are supported by the humanity shown by our citizens. And the Romanians today have proved, through the generosity with which they open the doors to their homes to Ukrainian refugees, that the values we share at European level are real, that solidarity is the way of our development together,” reads the Prime Minister’s message.

Ciuca also mentioned the way in which the EU mobilised in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

“Thanks to the mobilisation at the EU level, Romania and all the other member states have stood to benefit from the common European response to the crisis caused by the pandemic, and the European recovery and resilience mechanism is valuable support moving forward. All these efforts are aimed at consolidating the European design, with openness to what the citizens of the member states want. The proposals outlined in recent months, based on debates and dialogue with citizens at the Conference on the Future of Europe, indicate a wide range of concerns for the future, from climate change to health, economic consolidation, jobs, migration management and the part in the world of the European construction.”

Ciuca pointed out that Romania today has all the necessary resources to take advantage of the development opportunities to the benefit of its citizens.

“Adding up to 40 billion euros worth of European money already present in Romania’s economy, another 80 billion euros will help speed up modernisation and bridge the economic development gap with our Western partners.”

 

Ciuca underlined that the current challenges make the solidarity of the EU states to be manifested also towards the countries with a prospect for European integration – Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.

He mentioned the events 72 years ago that marked the beginning of the European design, pointing out that the European Union, “born as a nexus of peace and solidarity,” has developed and strengthened while overcoming major economic and social challenges in more than seven decades of existence.

“Europe Day marks the milestone of 72 years ago, when the then head of French diplomacy, Robert Schuman, presented the famous Declaration bearing his name, co-authored with Jean Monnet. It was a decisive first step towards its creation. Only five years had passed since the end of a devastating war that shook the world and caused many human and economic losses, and the plan of the two founding fathers of European construction was based on the concept of solidarity and the idea of a peaceful community of interests that would make it impossible for a new destructive conflict to break out again. With its wounds still raw, Europe was preparing to close the gates to threats that could lead to its destruction. While Eastern Europe remained under the heavy burden of left-wing authoritarianism, the seeds of Europe began to germinate in the West, which became a model for understanding, prosperity and development. Ruins gradually gave way to a future based on construction, co-operation and a common democratic and economic vision.”

Ciuca added that the Romanians deserve to be part of the European design, which they have demonstrated in the 15 years since its accession to the EU.

“Freeing the communist camp, which cost Romanians an expensive blood tribute, gave us the chance to join the most impressive project of peace and prosperity – the European Union. In the 15 years since accession, which we celebrate this year, the Romanians have rejoiced and showed that they deserve to be part of the European project, confirming their vocation as a people attached to democratic values,” said Ciuca.

 

Senate’s Citu: Energy independence, ending trade with Russia solutions to stop war in Ukraine

 

The President of the Senate, Florin Citu, in a message he sent on the occasion of Europe Day, said that the energy independence of the European Union and the total cessation of trade with Russia are the solutions to stop the war in Ukraine.

“Since 2007, we have been part of the great European family. Europe Day has a special significance for the European Union and its member states. Unity and solidarity are the core values of Robert Schuman’s Declaration 72 years ago. In the context of the illegal and unprovoked aggression of Russia in Ukraine, the EU has proven the European spirit through the solidarity, unity and rapid response of the member states shown to the situation in Ukraine,” Florin Citu wrote on Facebook, in a message marking Europe Day.

He also underscored that the creation of a common coal and steel market at the beginning of the EU had ensured peace, stability and prosperity in Europe.

“Two fundamentally Liberal things: common production and, later, free trade, saved and led to the strongest economic community. Today, the solutions to stop the war in Ukraine lie in the same two instruments: the energy independence of the European Union and ending trade with Russia,” added Citu.

The President of the Senate ended his message by quoting from the Declaration of May 9, 1950: “World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.”

 

PSD’s Ciolacu: Without the EU we would be totally irrelevant

 

In a Europe Day message, national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu says that one of the reasons why the European Union was founded was precisely to end the wars that plagued it in the last century.

“One of the reasons why the European Union was founded was precisely to end the wars that would plague it for the last century. From that perspective, the conflict on the borders of our country is further proof of the capital importance of Romania’s European Union and NATO memberships. On Europe Day, we must first send a clear message against those who dispute the benefits of such membership. Without the EU, we would be completely irrelevant. It’s an illusion to believe that you can do something on your own, so it’s very important to keep a stable European context and fight extremist and populist currents,” Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.

He added that Romanians are among the most pro-European citizens of the European Union.

“But that is not God given. We all have a duty to keep that up. And that means that together – all the EU member states – we can give a credible answer to the problems facing the people. Citizens need to know that the nation-states and the European Union are fighting together to get through this difficult time. We need a joint action plan that means protecting all European citizens – be they Germans, French, Spaniards or Romanians. It is a strategic need to have a clear direction and to act together in one voice, the voice of a strong Europe. Happy Europe Day!”

 

CultureMin : May 9, ideal occasion to celebrate peace

 

Culture Minister Lucian Romascanu, in a message on Europe Day, says that every year May 9 is the “ideal occasion” for the celebration of peace and unity, emphasising that in these difficult times Romania is by the side of its neighbours in Ukraine.

“Europe Day has been, every year, May 9, the ideal occasion to celebrate the peace, unity and cultural diversity of all the member states. Unfortunately, we are currently going through difficult times and we need to show, more than ever, solidarity and friendship to a people tried by war for more than two months. We have been, are and will remain by the side of our neighbours in Ukraine,” reads Romascanu’s message posted on the website of the Ministry of Culture.

The Minister points out that May 9 is a day of great significance for both Europe and Romania and urges solidarity among Romanians.

“At the same time, I am glad that Romanians have a threefold celebration today: Romania’s State Independence Day (1877), Romania’s Great Family Day – Europe, and the victory of the United Nations coalition in World War II. So, this is a day of great significance for both Europe and Romania. (…),” Romascanu said.

He believes that Romania is not alone and has shown that it deserves to be a member of the European Union, “it lives, feels and thinks in the spirit of the values of this great family, but it must remain an independent state, equal to the other member countries.”

“We continue our journey together with this united family, a family that belongs to us and to which we belong. Many happy returns, Europe, many happy returns, dear Romanians, European citizens!,” Lucian Romascanu’s message reads.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

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