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23 September 2019
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George Ciamba, Minister for European Affairs, at the opening of the exhibition “A European Experience – the Historical and Cultural Heritage of Germans in Romania”

Minister for European Affairs George Ciamba participated today, June 12, 2019, together with the German Federal Government’s Delegate for matters concerning ethnic Germans abroad, Bernd Fabritius, in the exhibition “A European Experience – the Historical and Cultural Heritage of Germans in Romania”, organised at the National Museum of Romanian History.

Minister George Ciamba referred to the significance of the place where the exhibition was organised, recalling historical and cultural roots.

“The centenary of modern Romania, celebrated last year, was not only an opportunity to recall the transformative experiences lived over the last century, but also an opportunity to evoke the indisputable role of national minorities in defining the culture and identity of contemporary Romania. Along with the Romanian-German Bilateral Cooperation Forum and the Embassy of the F. R. of Germany in Bucharest, we organised – on September 26, 2018 – a very interesting and revealing debate on the contribution of the German minority to the diversity of our culture and to Romania’s journey towards unity,” the Minister said.

Also, the Minister for European Affairs referred to the 100th anniversary of the Declaration in Mediaş, whereby the Transylvanian Saxons confirmed their aspiration for the union of their native lands with Romania.

“It was a key moment, in terms of both the history of consolidating the modern Romanian state and the special friendship between Germans and Romanians. That moment was even more impressive since the German community in Transylvania was, in fact, the first to recognise the Act of Union between Transylvania and Romania. Over time, the German minority in Romania has demonstrated its loyalty to the Romanian state and has boosted the development of many areas, such as culture, economy and politics, promoting a constructive dialogue between the Romanian and German nations,” added minister Ciamba.

Minister George Ciamba pointed out that the close relationship of Romanians with the German minority is a model of national cohesion that should also be reflected in terms of the European cohesion, the dignitary recalling the motto of the Romanian Presidency: “Cohesion, a common European value”.

The Romanian official reminded that on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Sibiu, the Commission’s 22nd session will be held, which he will co-chair with Bernd Fabritius, the German Federal Government’s Delegate for matters concerning ethnic Germans abroad. It is not by accident that this year’s session, held during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will take place in the city that hosted, on Europe Day, the informal Summit which provided a new impetus to the European project.

At the end of his speech, the minister expressed his gratitude for the contribution of the German minority to the development of the Romanian society and, at the same time, of Europe. The Romanian official reminded that on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Sibiu, the Commission’s 22nd session will be held, which he will co-chair with Bernd Fabritius, the German Federal Government’s Delegate for matters concerning ethnic Germans abroad. It is not by accident that this year’s session, held during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will take place in the city that hosted, on Europe Day, the informal Summit which provided a new impetus to the European project.

At the end of his speech, the minister expressed his gratitude for the contribution of the German minority to the development of the Romanian society and, at the same time, of Europe.

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