The works of the 20th session of the Romanian-German Mixed Committee on issues regarding German ethnics of Romania were opened on Monday, the session was a anniversary one given that it celebrates 25 years since the Treaty between Romania and the Federal Republic of Germany in regard to friendly cooperation and partnership in Europe was signed.
Secretary of State for Bilateral and Strategic Affairs in the Euro-Atlantic Space George Ciamba stated that Romania and Germany share a privileged relationship, that enjoys a constant development, through an excellent cooperation on a political, economic, social and cultural level.
“Furthermore, it was underscored the constant concern of the Gov’t, throughout the time, for developing a judicial and institutional framework dedicated to actively protecting and promoting the personal rights of the persons belonging to the 20 minorities that reside on its territory. The Romanian-German Mixed Committee is an example of success in this regard,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) stated through a release.
Federal Government Chargé for immigrants and national minorities Hartmut Koschyk underscored that Romania is a trusted friend of Germany both in the multilateral framework – in the EU, NATO, OSCE, the Council of Europe and on a bilateral level, the Romanian-German Mixed Committee on issues regarding German ethnics of Romania being one of the most efficient instruments of bilateral cooperation that the Federal government has.
Presidential Advisor Bogdan Aurescu conveyed the message of Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, underlining that the Romanian-German privileged relations, of a strategic nature, have developed exceptionally over the past years and are constantly developing.
Within the works of the Committee an exchange of views took place regarding the support granted to the German minority in Romania in the period following the previous session (Goslar/Germany, 2016) and projects to be carried out next will be discussed and agreed upon. These projects will be mentioned in a protocol that the heads of the two delegations will sign at the end of the session.
The Romanian-German Mixed Committee on issues regarding German ethnics of Romania carries out its activity annually, alternatively in Romanian and Germany and its goal is to support the German minority residing in Romania. The Committee is led by two co-chairs: one for the Romanian side and one for the German one. The previous meeting took place in 2016 in Germany.
President Iohannis: Romania’s Germans, integrant part of Romania’s history, national identity
Romania’s Germans are an integrant part of the country’s history and national identity; they are praised and respected by all Romanians, President Klaus Iohannis says in a message to the 20th session of the Romanian-German governmental committee on Romania’s German ethnics.
” Romania’s Germans are an integrant part of the country’s history and national identity; they are praised and respected by all Romanians. The German minority of Romania is playing an important part in Romania and Germany alike, paying special attention to the preservation of the identity and support for the German minority. It is not by chance that an important effect of the 1992 treaty was the establishment of the Romanian-German intergovernmental committee on Romania’s German ethnics that convened for the first time in Bonn in 1992,” reads the residential message delivered by presidential adviser Bogdan Aurescu.
The anniversary session of the committee is said to occur in a year full of special symbolism to the relationship between Romania and Germany, as it is the year of three anniversaries: 50 years of diplomatic ties, the 25th anniversary of the friendly cooperation and partnership in Europe treaty and the 10th anniversary of Romania’s European Union membership.
The privileged Romanian-German ties of a strategic nature are said to have developed exceptionally over the past years and continuing to develop, with Romania being and continuing to be a solid, trustful partner of Germany’s in Central and South-Eastern Europe, as it is deeply devoted to an ambitious redesign of the European project.
“Germany is Romania’s most important foreign trade partner, with German investment having created more than 300,000 jobs and continuing to expand. We have successfully imported the German dual professional training system, which we did successfully and benefitting both sides, following the opening or the trades school in Brasov and similar schools in Sibiu, Timisoara and Sebes,” reads the presidential message.
According to Iohannis, in its 25 years of existence, the committee has proved it represents an important instrument for deepening the strategic relationship between Romania and Germany. At the same time, the committee has set to deal with themes that will contribute toward increasing the dynamics of the German minority’s part of a bridge maker, such as support for bilateral economic cooperation and promoting cultural tourism in Romania as well as conducting projects in support of Germany’s young Saxons and Swabians rediscovering their past.
“German tuition at Romania’s public schools has recorded a long and uninterrupted tradition that has favoured the preservation of the ethnic identity of the German minority. I want to voice my satisfaction over the German federal government having extended constant financial assistance for mother-tongue German tuition in Romania. In its turn, Romania has significantly contributed toward the preservation and renovation of the cultural heritage of the German minority, particularly of fortified Saxon churches as well as other significant monuments,” says the presidential message.
Iohannis also underscores that the integration of the German minority with the Romanian society as well as a societal dialogue between the majority and minority ethnicities have contributed toward intercultural dialogue getting consolidated.
“The model of Romanian-German coexistence is thus an example of how to turn into reality essential aspects of the policies regarding the protection of the rights of national minority people. Thanks also to this contribution, Romania is today an example worth following when it comes to ethnic minorities coexisting, building a genuine intercultural model for interethnic relationships recognised as such at European level,” the message says.