The German ambassador in Bucharest, Peer Gebauer, said on Monday that his country encourages Romania to “advance, with ambition, in terms of reforms in the field of Justice” and recalled the support granted for Romania to join the Schengen Area.
“We see and recognize Romania’s efforts related to concluding the CVM and becoming a full member of Schengen. As the rule of law and the fight against corruption are key elements in these areas, we appreciate the important steps that the Government has already taken and we encourage our Romanian friends to advance, with ambition, in terms of reforms in the field of Justice. In terms of Schengen, you all know the clear message of our chancellor, Olaf Scholz, recently transmitted, when he said that he will make efforts for Romania to become a full member of Schengen”, the diplomat said, at the event organized on the occasion of the German Unity Day.
The ambassador also spoke about the current security situation and the cooperation between Germany and Romania.
“Politically, we will get even closer, especially in terms of security in the Black Sea region. Economically, we have huge potential for in-depth cooperation in many fields”, he said.
Peer Gebauer assessed that “Russia’s brutal and illegal aggression against Ukraine is a turning point in history”.
“I would like to convey my deep respect for the courageous defense struggle of the Ukrainian people, which opposes Russian aggression. Let me be clear: it is our obligation to continue to support Ukraine with all we can, with all the means we have and that as long as it takes”, the German ambassador said.
He expressed his gratitude to Romania’s efforts to support Ukraine, whether it was the transportation of grain, political support or hosting citizens from the neighboring country who fled the war.
President Iohannis: Romania and Germany enjoy a privileged, strategic relationship
Romania and Germany enjoy a privileged, strategic relationship, President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday evening, at an event organized on the occasion of German Unity Day, adding that Romania continues to be a solid and reliable partner of Germany in the central and south-east European area, with a deep attachment to European and Euro-Atlantic values.
He recalled that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Romanian-German Treaty on friendly cooperation and partnership in Europe.
According to the president, the close cooperation between the two countries is based on the dynamic political-diplomatic dialogue, on substantial economic cooperation, as well as on important interpersonal ties. In this context, he recalled the meetings with the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and with the Federal Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.
President Iohannis stated that Romanian-German relations are based on deep connections between the societies and economies of the two countries.
“The numerous Romanian community in Germany, very well integrated into German society, contributes greatly to the socio-cultural diversity and prosperity of the German state. Equally, the ethnic German community in Romania has made a significant contribution throughout centuries, to the social, economic and cultural development of the Romanian state. An important tool for promoting the identity of the German minority is the Intergovernmental Joint Committee for ethnic Germans in Romania. We appreciate the very good performance of this year’s edition, from Berlin, and we are already waiting for the edition from next year, which will take place in Timisoara,” he said.
The president also mentioned the economic component of the bilateral relationship with Germany, showing that this country continues to be Romania’s most important commercial partner, with a value of bilateral exchanges of over 35 billion euros last year, an increase compared to previous years. He also indicated that these exchanges have already reached almost 20 billion euros in the first half of the current year. President Iohannis also stated that Germany is the third investor in the Romanian economy, with substantial investments made including in top sectors.
Klaus Iohannis also mentioned bilateral cooperation in the field of education, especially German expertise and support for the implementation of dual education, which is a key factor in increasing the professional insertion capacity of young people.
“The continuation of projects and initiatives in this field creates synergies between education and the economy and can contribute substantially to the development of our economic cooperation,” the president went on.
Klaus Iohannis also spoke about the war in Ukraine, showing that it generates broad political-economic and security implications, as well as tragic human consequences.
“In this context, the process of reunification and reconstruction of Germany continues to be a source of inspiration for overcoming the current difficulties. The fall of the Berlin Wall remains a symbol of solidarity, democracy, unity and peace. The chancellor of German reunification, Helmut Kohl, considered awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, in 2012, as ‘wise and visionary’ and ‘a confirmation of the European peace project’. Today, this project is in danger and we have the duty to protect it ceaselessly. (…) To be able to face the current regional and global challenges, it is necessary for the states that share the values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights to strengthen their coordination, solidarity and unity. (…) The reunification of the German people, on October 3, 1990 , and the European Union project, which today is more alive than ever, are examples of successes that give European citizens the chance to live in peace, freedom and prosperity, as well as the power to overcome the difficulties and challenges of the current world through joint action and solidarity,” Iohannis said.
Premier Ciuca: Currently we’re going through a moment of crossroads, past episodes must serve as a benchmark
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said, on Monday evening, on the occasion of the Day of German Unity, that we are currently going through a turning point and a difficult trial in the history of Europe, and that is precisely why the episodes from the continent’s past must serve us as a benchmark in the strategic objectives of promoting rules-based international order.
He spoke in this context of the “uninterrupted mission of reviving democracy, the spirit of peace and solidarity”.
“The fall of the Iron Curtain remains a page of living history that makes us even more responsible, especially in these troubled times, to act in support of democracy, human rights, the rule of law. European unity and solidarity are our most valuable virtues that strengthen the aspirations of our nations for freedom, peace and consolidation of democracy. Europe is a project of hope and courage, which we have a firm duty to protect constantly and with determination,” the head of the Executive said.
In this context, Ciuca assessed that “the values that Romania and Germany share represent the cornerstone of the upward course of our bilateral collaboration”.
“The 30 years the Romanian-German friendship celebrates represent the echo of the fundamental ties between our nations and reinforce the value of the partnership in and for Europe, which we are committed to actively promote. The cooperation between Romania and Germany is under the emblem of a spirit of dynamic political dialogue, being animated by a vigorous economic collaboration, including against the background of close social and cultural interconnections. The Romanian community in Germany and the German community in Romania are a strong link in this sense,” Nicolae Ciuca also said.
Compiled from Agerpres