Ciuca: The success of joining the EU is confirmed by the support of Romanians for the Union and by the well-being brought in the 15 years of membership

Ciuca: The success of joining the EU is confirmed by the support of Romanians for the Union and by the well-being brought in the 15 years of membership
Ciuca: The success of joining the EU is confirmed by the support of Romanians for the Union and by the well-being brought in the 15 years of membership

On Saturday, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Romania’s accession to the EU, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said that “the measure of the success of our EU accession is confirmed both by maintaining a broad support of Romanian citizens for the Union and by the welfare of the 15 years of membership ”.

“Today marks 15 years since Romania’s accession to the European Union. On January 1, 2007, our country became part of this unique European project, which has ensured and continues to ensure the stability and prosperity of our continent. The entry into the European Union took place through the joint effort of the Romanian political class and diplomats, under the auspices of the security guarantees offered by membership in NATO, the strongest politico-military alliance in the world, through the trust gained in theaters of operations they proved to be loyal and well-prepared partners of the Western allies.

The measure of the success of our accession to the EU is confirmed both by the maintenance of a broad support of the Romanian citizens for the Union, and by the well-being brought in the 15 years of membership in the Union. Romania’s Gross Domestic Product tripled after EU accession (2006 – 342.7 billion lei, 2021 – 1.190 billion lei), and GDP per capita became almost four times higher (2006 – 16.170 lei, 2021 – 61,368 lei).

European expertise and funding have left their mark on almost all economic fields, whether we are talking about rehabilitation and infrastructure projects at local or regional level, about supporting the development and modernization of Romanian agriculture, about participating in research projects. European funds worth tens of billions of euros have entered the country. And it continues to come, contributing to investments that raise the quality of life and bring us closer to the Western standards to which we refer. Over 90 billion euros will be made available to us by the European Union in the coming years through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the multi-annual financial framework.

But perhaps the most important gain was that of free movement of people, goods and services. Millions of Romanians work, study or spend their holidays in other countries in the European Union. Most Romanian exports are to EU member states. The European Single Market is open to Romanian entrepreneurs, who benefit from free access and support provided by European funding.

Romanian young people participate intensely in university exchanges funded by Erasmus programs.

All these allowed Romania’s integration into the EU in a lasting and profound manner. Projects financed with European funds, the absorption of which must be made more and more efficient, unquestionably contribute to our economic and social development, supporting reforms that are difficult to carry out only on our own. The Union’s ambitious objectives in various fields act as an important stimulus in guiding and advancing measures at national level.

European Romania is more connected, more innovative and more prosperous than ever in its history, constantly being at the top of the fastest growing economies in the EU. European solidarity, also marked by the historic decision to adopt, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Recovery and Resilience Plan, will support the necessary reforms for an inclusive development course, which will benefit all Romanians, regardless of whether they live in urban or rural areas, in any part of Romania, if they want an education adapted to the innovative demands of the economy of the future or access to better health services.

As solidarity and unity are a two-way street, Romania remains firmly committed to supporting the goal of consolidating the European Union. For Romania, membership in the Union represents the solid framework for democratic, economic and social development for Romanian citizens and for Romanian society. Romania’s action at European level will also continue to be guided by full respect for the rule of law, the Treaties of the Union and the principles and values ​​enshrined in the Treaties, as basic pillars of the Union, and for European law in general.

Romania’s full integration must include the major objectives of meeting the commitments of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, joining the Schengen Area and joining the Eurozone, well-paid jobs, a clean energy economy and digitalisation.

We are also, as a state, capitalizing on the experience of joining the Union 15 years ago, ready to take further action to pass on European values ​​and principles, in our neighborhood, to our partners who have made a solid strategic choice. the path of reforms and European modernization processes “, reads the message of the Prime Minister sent by the Government.

Editor: Alexandru Costea

 
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