The power of a nation resides in the cohesion of the people, ensured by functional public and infrastructure systems, and in the solidarity of the citizens, united around common values and projects, defended by fair laws and equal to all, President Klaus Iohannis said in a message issued on Wednesday by the Presidential Administration, on the occasion of the 140th celebration since the union of Dobrogea with Romania. “The lesson that the union of Dobrogea with Romania teaches us today, over the years, is that the power of a nation consists in the cohesion of the people, ensured by functional public and infrastructure systems, and in the citizens’ solidarity, united around common values and projects, defended by fair laws and equal to all,” showed the head of the state. In this context, he said, we honour “the vision and dedication with which the Romanian politicians in the late 19th century planned and implemented a project that led, in just three decades, to the full political, economic and social integration of the region between Danube and the Black Sea.” Iohannis also brought to mind about the message addressed to the inhabitants in Dobrogea by Prince Carol, on November 14, 1978, about which they say that is a “quintessence of the vision on the role of politics and public administration in the transformation and development of Dobrogea.” According to the President, “the proclamation of the union of Dobrogea with Romania 140 years ago shows us that the process of unification of the Romanian historical provinces meant also the edification of our nation, which strongly believes in the values of democracy and in the observance of human rights.” “The infrastructure projects launched with priority have contributed of a decisive manner to the development of the territory between Danube and the Black Sea in the decades that followed the winning by Romania of its independence as a state. Moreover, they implemented such legislative initiatives meant to protect the minorities, ensure the fundamental rights and social harmony, guarantee propriety, develop education and obtaining the economic sustainability of collectivities,” mentioned the head of state.
President Klaus Iohannis stated that Romania must make more consistent efforts to develop national centers for research and quality research projects, emphasizing that, for a long time, our country did not offer adequate work conditions for young researchers. “You, dear researchers and students, are among the best ambassadors that Romania has outside its borders, reflecting the creative potential of our people. I thank you for what you do in Romania’s name! I hope, as well, that most of you will have the opportunity to work in Romania, too. I must admit that, for a long time, Romania did not offer adequate work conditions for young researchers. We must, truly, make more consistent efforts to develop national centers for research and quality research projects,” said Klaus Iohannis, on Saturday, at the Romanian Embassy in Paris, at an event dedicated to the Romanian contribution to the development of science and technology in the year of the Centennial of the Greater Union. He gave as an example the research center developing around the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project in Magurele, which reunites several research institutes, as well as modern infrastructure. “This center already attracts researchers from the European Union and other countries”, said Iohannis, who thanked professor Gerard Mourou, a Nobel Prize for physics laureate this year, for his support in transforming ELI in a “success story” for the Romanian scientific community. According to the President, other examples are the projects initiated by the Romanian researchers by their participation in the activities of the European Space Agency. “I express today the wish that the Romanian-French partnership in the realm of science, technology and industry continue to be one of strategic character. For the ambition of the European Union to be a world leader in the realm of science and technology, we need it to benefit from a real, organic base. This base cannot be offered except by extending the collaboration between technical universities and research institutes in all the member-states,” Iohannis emphasized. Klaus Iohannis also said that “a deeper Romanian-French partnership in the realm of research and innovation, as part of the framework offered by the process of European integration, oriented to ensuring peace and prosperity, represents the long-term guarantee that innovation will be used only in support of world peace and for the solving of the crucial problems of the planet, being oriented to reach the Durable Development objectives of the United Nations.” The President also emphasized that, throughout history, the Romanian-French cooperation was continuous. “I am glad to note that this historical cooperation is developing to this day, Paris hosting numerous Romanian youths who are at the beginning of a career which, I hope, will have an even greater impact than that of the generation of the Greater Union,” he stated. In his speech, Iohannis emphasized that France represented a key ally of Romania and the Romanian people in their fight for national unity. The head of state also mentioned that many of the leading Romanian inventors and engineers, such as Traian Vuia and Henri Coanda, worked in Paris. The event at the Romanian Embassy, hosted by the Romanian ambassador in Paris, Luca Niculescu, also saw the attendance of Professor Gerard Mourou, a Nobel Prize laureate, as well as Romanian students, graduate students and Ph.D. students in the region of Paris involved in scientific research. “We’re between burnt product and delicious cake; this is Romania’s evolution in last century” President Klaus Iohannis also stated, on Saturday, that Romania needs a far more stable framework, so that youths studying abroad return home. “We have all we need. We have educated people, possibilities, the desire of society, what probably needs to be studied is how we bring it all together, which is the catalyst. It’s like we’re preparing to make a very good cake and we have all the ingredients on the table: flour, sugar, nuts, butter, what have you, and we look at them and somebody asks: do you have all that you need? Yes, but from there comes the most important step – which is to put all the ingredients together so that it yields a delicious cake and not something burnt which is embarassing. We are oscillating between burnt product and very delicious cake. This is the evolution of Romania in the past century. We have gone through extremely good periods for Romania, obviously the Greater Union is the first extremely positive of the series, then we lost ourselves a bit, we went through the hardest dictatorships, with terrible results, we came back with a very positive event in December ’89 and since then we’re leading the path that was defined by all generations as a European and Euro-Atlantic path and I believe in some domains we are up to the challenge, but there is still a lot to be done,” said the head of state at the Romanian Embassy in Paris, when asked a question in regards to the way in which youths studying abroad could be convinced to not leave the country anymore. He emphasized the necessity to create a more stable framework, one predictable and solidly leading to meritocracy. “We have valuable youths and you are living proof. We have very valuable youths in the country as well. The phenomenon that saddens me every time is that those in the country would come here, but you would not return and then the role of politicians is to analyze why it is so and what framework must be created in order to have the exchange. (…) We must have in view creating a more stable, predictable, more solid framework in Romania, we must go towards something that I and many others have called meritocracy, so that the youths who come back can make a simple calculation – what career they would have, what chances they’d have in their career, what stability they would have in their career, what chances they would have to progress significantly in that career and then surely some of you would start…
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German ambassador in Bucharest Cord Meier-Klodt said on Tuesday that if the European societies allow nationalism and populism to separate by means of fake news, then they “really have a problem, a much bigger problem than sporadic political lies.” “We have a problem if we allow nationalism and populism to further separate us and divide our societies through fake news, a much greater problem than sporadic political lies. That is why it must equally become a priority to us, diplomats and journalists, to fight strongly against such tendencies with the appropriate levers and with everything we professionally have in what we might call – our cabinet,” the diplomat said at a Romanian-German media conference called “Fake news – a danger to democracy?.” The 5th edition of the Romanian-German media conference is designed for an exchange of ideas and experience between media representatives of Romania and Germany. The event was organized by the German Embassy in Bucharest, in co-operation with Germany’s Deutsche Welle public international broadcaster. Meier-Klodt spoke of a “reinforcement” of what he called the “immune system” in the current social context. “We cannot prevent the fact that we are surrounded, right now, in the flu season, by all sorts of viruses and bacteria. We cannot simply decide to stay home, so we need to strengthen our immune system. That regards each of us and the society, and we need to prepare it to deal with the various attacks,” he said, according to Agerpres. One of the challenges, the ambassador added, is to maintain a united Europe. “A Europe whose strength derives from diversity can only operate in a consensus on common denominators, unity in diversity, at least in relation to the European set of values,” Meier-Klodt said. “We got illuminated about fake news yesterday and today in the Romanian press,” he said, mentioning Romanian President Klaus Iohannis’s statement on Tuesday. Meier-Klodt pointed out that “fake news is not a new phenomenon.” “Even if this impression could easily be created, given the current debates about the post-truth era; intentional untruths have always been part of political communication. The great [Otto von] Bismarck is quoted saying people never lie so much as before an Election, during a war, or after a hunt,” the German ambassador said. “I do not believe that fake news in itself is a danger to democracy as such; it depends on the medium in which it is created and disseminated – social polarisation, mutual mistrust and the tendency towards a conflict-generating struggle initially provides the breeding ground where fake news puts down roots, and it can break the social bond in the long run,” Meier-Klodt explained. Romanian President Iohannis on Tuesday spoke about the “fake news” phenomenon in the current context. “This is what happens when a criminal offender reaches at the top of the country, it’s a trivial thing. And this offender, Dragnea, who has perched up on the top of his party and the state is making progress. Unfortunately not with the quality of public policy, not in the field of the rule of law, but with fake news. What he has presented is what today is called fake news. That used to be called lies, pure and simple; piles upon piles of PSD lies. (…) And if we want to talk about what happened yesterday, I cannot but mention the suitcases,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Tuesday.