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Wednesday, 23 January

Working visit to Brussels, January 23

Speech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the opening of the photography exhibition dedicated to the start of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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I am very pleased and honoured to meet you again in this artistic framework, for the launch of the Romanian Presidency at the Brussels headquarters of the European Parliament.

I would like to thank photographer Sorin Onisor for his exhibition „Peisaje din Romania” and to express my appreciation for his works which take us back in time to a Romania where the Romanian village is preserved in a pure, unaltered form.

I am honored to open together this impressive photography exhibition, which will be followed by the concert of the Violoncellissimo ensemble under the direction of Mr. Marian Cazacu.

This event gives us the possibility of convincing ourselves that the Presidency of the Council of the European Union mirrors the European aspirations of unity in diversity, is an exercise with and about people and cultures interacting and enriching each other in Europe.

The deep attachment to the European cause of our citizens has inspired the lines of action of the Programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and is first reflected by a key idea - "Cohesion, a common European value".

In this spirit of unity, solidarity and cohesion, we aim to act as President of the EU Council in an effective manner in order to deliver the results that our citizens expect.

As I pointed out in my last week’s address in the plenum of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, taking over the responsibility of Presidency of the EU Council is a mission which particularly honors our country, nevertheless it is one we know we can fulfill with the support and involvement of the members of the European Parliament.

I invite you to enjoy these two cultural moments together. They mark very expressively today the launch of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, at the Brussels headquarters of the European Parliament.

These touching moments, alongside young and very young artists, fully reflect the contribution Romania makes to the European identity and construction both culturally and through its mandate as President of the Council of the European Union.

I am convinced that we have the ability to successfully carry out this mandate. I further count on your support in this joint effort, which is not only the Government’s effort, it is the effort of our entire society, of the ordinary people, cultural personalities, of everyone who believes in Europe!

Thank you!

 

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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attends the launch event of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, held at the headquarters of the European Parliament

 

As part of the visit to Brussels for the presentation of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended on January 23, alongside the members of the governmental delegation, the launch event of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The event was attended by both senior European officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Brussels. A central moment of this event was the opening of the photo exhibition " Peisaje din România"(Romanian landscapes) of photographer Sorin Onişor, whereas the musical program was provided by the Violoncelissimo ensemble.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă delivered a speech in which she hailed the participation of Romanian artists in the event, highlighting Romania's contribution to the European identity and construction, both from a cultural point of view and as President of the Council of the European Union.

The Romanian dignitary also highlighted that a key idea: “Cohesion, a common European value” mirrors the lines of action of the Programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In this spirit of unity, solidarity and cohesion, Romania aims to act in an efficient manner conducive to the results awaited by the European citizens.

Thus, the Romanian Prime Minister considered that the success of the objective assumed by our country at the EU Council Presidency depends on the unity and cooperation of all EU members, policy makers and last but not least, of all European citizens.

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Speech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the official ceremony dedicated to the International Holocaust Commemoration Day, held at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels

 

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President,

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

I am particularly honored to accept the invitation of the World Jewish Congress to attend today this commemorative event! I thank President Moshe Kantor for the invitation, I hail the high attendance of the event, and I am glad to see many friends here!

Today, we mark the International Holocaust Commemoration Day in which we honor the memory of the victims who died in the tragic years of the last century, a black page in the history of Europe and the world. It is at the same time a date full of symbolism from the angle of the international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and any forms of discrimination, racism and xenophobia.

Preventing the repetition of such a tragedy must remain a major concern of the entire international community and I say this not only from the national perspective of the Government I am leading, but also from the perspective of holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. We have set ourselves as goal the cohesion of common values, of the values that unite us, and promoting the efficient fight against racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism and deterring the hate speech represents one of the central topics we will pursue in fostering the European Union's solidarity and cohesion.

I would like to mention that Romania has lately made important steps in commemorating the victims of the Holocaust and in promoting education on the Holocaust. Thus, between March 2016 and March 2017, Romania exercised the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and supported the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism.

In June 2018, two years after the adoption of the definition, the Romanian Parliament passed a special law on combating anti-Semitism, defining anti-Semitism, and criminalizing the distribution and promotion of anti-Semitic content, as well as the promotion of anti-Semitic ideas, concepts or doctrines.

The Romanian Government has backed and is backing the efforts to include in the educational programmes the issue of the genocide of the Roma during the Second World War and to ensure decent social conditions for the last Roma survivors of the deportation in Transnistria.

We can say that Romania, through an extensive process of history recovery, which was finalized with the implementation of the Wiesel Commission's recommendations, has become a regional model in terms of assuming the past, condemning the denial of the Holocaust and of anti-Semitism, so that younger generations can discover the truth about this dramatic page of history

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are unfortunately witnessing an worrying increase in Antisemitism worldwide and at European level, and the recent attacks on places of worship and the members of this community is a phenomenon which we must combat through immediate and effective measures.

The responsibility in this respect falls to both the senior officials, politicians, opinion leaders from the democratic states, and the respective societies as a whole!

We hail the recent steps taken at European level too by the unanimous adoption on 6 December 2018 by the EU Member States of a Declaration of the Council of the European Union on combating anti-Semitism and protecting the Jewish Communities in Europe.

We are backing its implementation as well as the adoption, at national level, by as many states as possible, of the working definition of anti-Semitism.

As aforementioned, the topic of combating antisemitism is among the priorities on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  In this respect, on February 7, 2019, I will have the honor to open, yet again in Brussels, an event of the Romanian Presidency, devoted to policies and actions aimed at ensuring better protection for the Jewish communities at European level.

In March 2019, we will hold an event to help fight the denial of the Holocaust by bringing together in Bucharest representatives of the most relevant governmental museums in Europe and others as well in the field of Holocaust history.

Only through remembrance, can we learn about the importance of our duties to defend the fundamental values specific to any European democratic society.

Only by education and commemoration can we fight against any attempt to deny the Holocaust, and against any attempt to incite anti-Semitism, xenophobia and intolerance.

Only together, in a Europe of common values, can we write a future for new generations, a future in which we will not repeat the mistakes of the past.

We all believe that we should follow the example of a 'The righteous amongst  nations', Viorica Agarici, who by showing the highest degree of humanism and courage to the extreme, helped the Jewish survivors of the "Death Train" after the Iasi Pogrom. A distinguished representative of the Jewish community said about Viorica Agarici she "rehabilitated the human species”.

Thank you.

 

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the official ceremony dedicated to the International Holocaust Commemoration Day, held at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels

 

As part of the visit to Brussels on January 23-24, 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the ceremony of commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust, organized by the European Jewish Congress, under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani. The event was attended by both European senior officials, and outstanding members of the European and international Jewish community.

The Romanian Prime Minister delivered a speech in the opening of the event, in which she evoked the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, emphasizing at the same time the need for strengthening the joint European and international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and proliferation of any forms of discrimination.

The Romanian dignitary also presented the importance the Romanian Government attaches to the measures to fight rasism, intolerance, xenophobia, and the hate speech, as an integral part of the programme assumed by Romania for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă outlined the actions undertaken to combat anti-Semitism, actions which place Romania in the position of regional leader in this process. Last but not least, Prime Minister underlined the importance of education in cultivating tolerance among future generations, by promoting models of humanity and courage, and the common European values.



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