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President Iohannis, at the “Haferland Week” Festival: Romania will continue to defend the rights and interests of its minorities

Michael Schmidt: Haferland Week is a compass to set the course of Europe’s future based on peace, freedom and justice.

Haferland Week has proven all these years that it has become an ambassador of the Oat Land, a platform for the promotion of local entrepreneurs and has contributed decisively to the development of the tourist potential of the area, the organiser of the event, Michael Schmidt, said on Sunday, the last day of the “Haferland Week” Festival.

He showed that the ten years of the Haferland festival “mark a decade of promoting the traditions and culture of the Saxons in Transylvania.”

Michael Schmidt brought to mind that the Haferland Week was initiated in 2012 together with Peter Maffay and represents “a project of the soul.”

“We have ten villages where we are conducting activities these days. The Haferland week takes place, after the pandemic, for only three days, but in the future we have decided to extend it to at least five days,” said the initiator of the project.

Sylvia Stierstorfer, representative of the Bavarian government for German immigrants from Eastern European countries, conveyed the speech of Markus Soeder, the prime minister of the state of Bavaria, who appreciated that the Haferland Week represents an “exceptional cultural event.”

“It is a great pleasure and honour for me to take over the patronage of Haferland 2022, together with the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. I would like to send from Bavaria the warmest congratulations on the anniversary. The Transylvanian Saxons are a large community, I myself am a member of Union of Transylvanian Saxons in Germany and I am proud to have received a letter of honour. Each Haferland cultural week is dedicated to a cultural, educational and different aspect around the preservation, promotion of Transylvanian traditions. The motto of this year’s edition is in tune with the times: intercultural education and environmental protection. Haferland Week is an event of bridge builders, it is a compass to set the course of Europe’s future based on peace, freedom and justice,” Markus Soeder’s message shows.

He appreciated that Romania and Bavaria have many things in common and one in particular – the Saxons.

“Romania and Bavaria have many things in common, one in particular: we value the Transylvanian Saxons, we know what the Transylvanian Saxons have achieved for their homeland and for Bavaria. They are very well integrated and recognised and are real achievers. The fact that the current the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, is a Transylvanian Saxon at the head of Romania says a lot. (…) We are with Romania not only in supporting the German minority, but also in many other issues. We are and will remain firmly united in the European spirit,” said Markus Soeder.

Among the guests of the anniversary edition of the “Haferland Week” Festival were Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, former president of the Parliament of the Land of Bavaria (2008-2018) Barbara Stamm, members of the Romanian Parliament, Ambassador of the State of Israel David Saranga, but also former football player Gheorghe Hagi.

 

President Iohannis: Romania will continue to defend the rights and interests of its minorities,  build a society as inclusive and tolerant as possible

 

Romania will continue to defend the rights and interests of its minorities and make efforts to build a society as inclusive and tolerant as possible, President Klaus Iohannis said on Sunday.

“In 2022 Romania, the culture and traditions of national minorities are appreciated and promoted, and the plus value they bring is acknowledged by the society. In a modern and democratic society, intercultural dialogue is natural and becomes a source of prosperity. Romania will continue to defend the rights and interests of its minorities and make efforts to build a society as inclusive and tolerant as possible,” Iohannis said at the Haferland Week Festival in Crit, Brasov County.

The head of state said that the devastating consequences of the war led by Russia in Ukraine on the heritage area strengthen solidarity round democratic values and principles.

“The war led by the Russian Federation in Ukraine and the devastating consequences it has, including in the heritage area, through the destruction of Ukrainian cultural institutions and historic monuments strengthen our solidarity round the democratic values and principles and determine us to treasure even more the historic and cultural inheritance we received from our ancestors,” President Iohannis showed.

He added that the public authorities, especially the local ones, together with the citizens, must understand that they have the responsibility to contribute to preserving the traditions and protecting the authenticity of the cultural landscape, to offer the future generations the opportunity of knowing, understanding and capitalising on the identity roots.

According to Iohannis, Romania’s traditions and culture become an essential economic assets in drawing investments.

“Tourism and thematic events are excellent ways to encourage and ensure access to the cultural heritage, and this is valid both on a national level and on the local communities level. History, traditions and our culture become an essential economic asset in drawing investments the moment they are acknowledged, respected and promoted in a responsible way. That is why, a proper absorption of the funds devoted to promoting cultural tourism, European funds in particular, becomes, beyond the quality of an administrative goal, a moral duty and an act of responsibility,” the head of state underscored.

 

PM Ciuca: Haferland Week, a sublime example of keeping a culture intact and celebrating cultural diversity

 

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said, on Sunday, at the Haferland Week at Crit, Brasov County, that this festival is a sublime example of keeping a culture intact and celebrating cultural diversity by promoting the traditions of the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania.

“I am glad and honoured to participate in the tenth edition celebrating cultural diversity by promoting the traditions of the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania. The Haferland Week has become, thanks to an excellent initiative and a tireless effort, that moment of celebrating a sublime example of keeping a culture intact, inheriting some ethnic, linguistic and religious traditions that have found their place and due respect in the Romanian cultural heritage. These days we are celebrating our common history, of the Transylvanian Saxons who stayed here, of those who come back to see again the place where their parents and grandparents were born, the villages where the same language is spoken. Round the fortified churches and inside the Saxon citadels we are proudly celebrating today a community having spanned for nine centuries. A community that has shared tough moments or fast instants of history with the Romanian people. The Transylvanian Saxons have lived here, embraced by the Carpathians and by the respect of each one of us, as part of this nation,” Ciuca said.

He added that Haferland is the blessed place in the heart of Transylvania, where one finds that interior peace sensation reflecting the soul of the people and a history teaching that “unity, patience and tolerance are values making us go further together.”

“At an event celebrating cultural diversity, I wish to speak about everything that unites us all, as a people, about the problems we have to overcome together,” Ciuca also said.

 

Romania, democratic state, fighting against all forms of authoritarianism and radicalisation

 

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, on Sunday, at “Haferland Week” Festival in Crit, Brasov County, also said that Romania is a democratic state, with different, “even opposite” visions and ideas, but they must not become radical, which is why we must fight against any form of authoritarianism, excesses based on “nationalist-populist, racist or class doctrines.”

“Our affiliation to Western civilization and the society of European nations requires us to share common values, not just common interests. I am telling you clearly: Romania is a democratic state that has made considerable efforts in the last 30 years to be a reliable partner among developed Western societies. We, the Romanians, chose this path when we removed the communist regime from power and we will not leave this path. Democracy is a complicated political regime, it works best through consensus and cooperation. Of course, in a democratic society there are different visions and ideas, even opposite, which must not become radical, but must be tolerated in order to reach consensus and balance. No democracy is perfect, but it is perfected through consolidation. We learn from each other and fight against any forms of authoritarianism, radicalisation, excesses based on nationalist-populist, racist or class doctrines. At the same time, democracy must be defended, despite all the obstacles, continuously investing our energy and confidence. Only this way, by participating in democracy, will we be able to understand its values, respect them and pass them on to our children through education,” Ciuca said.

He added that the actions and speeches that promote hatred and violence in society must be fought “with all our strength,” noting that the promotion of democratic values on which the peace and welfare of people are based must be promoted.

“Along with national sovereignty and the unity of the people, citizenship, the constitutional values derived from political pluralism and the rule of law, the right to identity represents one of the foundations of the democratic society in which we live. As Romanian citizens, we are equal in rights and we are free to preserve, develop and express our ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity, without discrimination and privileges. As a European and democratic society, we cannot think of the world we live in from the perspective of exclusion, violence, in all its forms, or the right of the strongest. As a democratic society, we must be strong and firm in defending our values. We must combat with all our strength those actions and speeches that promote hatred and violence within society and promote, through our actions and words, the democratic values on which the peace and welfare of our communities are based,” the prime minister pointed out.

Ciuca highlighted that the Government he leads has the mission of ensuring political, social and economic stability, in a period with multiple interconnected crises and a war on the border, in the context where fundamental values are endangered, such as freedom, peace and prosperity.

“Peace and the welfare of the nation and its members are the fundamental goals of any democratic society, at the same time, freedom is the supreme value of any person who lives within such a society. The freedom to think, to be informed, to be educated, as well as the freedom to express one’s ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity are all expressions of human freedom, equally protected and guaranteed by the Romanian state. We see today what dramatic consequences arise when fundamental values are put at risk because of the war started by Russia in Ukraine, not far from our borders. We know that on how we manage these crises now, together with our European and transatlantic partners, depends on our future and welfare in the years to come. That is why the Government I lead has this mission, not easy, to ensure political, social and economic stability, in a period with multiple interconnected crises and a war on the border, which changed the world we live in,” said Ciuca.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

 

 

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