The European project remains the basis of our stability, as well as a strong urge for global leadership and strategic resilience of the Union, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu says in a message sent on the occasion of marking Europe Day.
"European joint action, based on respect and trust, solidarity and cooperation, remains the most powerful tool in building and strengthening security and prosperity at European level. In times of unprecedented uncertainty, we convinced ourselves, once again, that 27 member states, with their own realities and priorities, can put in common within the European Union, 'creative efforts proportional to the dangers that threaten it', as shown by the Schuman Declaration", says Aurescu in the message made public on Sunday.
He adds that Romania has been involved in joint European action in response to the crisis, both within the Union and to its closest partners, agerpres.ro confirms.
"We have directly contributed to the implementation of European solidarity measures. Within the European Civil Protection Mechanism, Romania was the first of the EU member states to take over the responsibilities of establishing a strategic reserve of medical equipment for the entire Union (RescEU), which we subsequently transferred, as needed, to various EU member states or close partners in the Western Balkans. Also in the spirit of European solidarity, Romanian doctors and nurses supported the efforts of medical staff from countries such as Italy, Slovakia or the Republic of Moldova to manage the effects of the pandemic. Out of the quota of vaccines allocated to Romania, as an EU member state, over 300,000 doses were donated to the Republic of Moldova, to support the efforts of the neighboring state in the fight against the pandemic", Bogdan Aurescu added.
The Romanian Foreign Minister also points out that the lessons learned from the current pandemic must be directed towards increasing the strategic resilience of the European Union and of the member states, and the Conference on the Future of Europe, which is symbolically launched on Sunday in Strasbourg, is the most Good framework for a broad debate for this purpose.
"European citizens, including Romanian citizens, will voice their concerns and expectations from the Union, united around the same goal - to strengthen the European project for the benefit of all, present and future," Minister Bogdan Aurescu added.