Today we celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Friendly Cooperation and Partnership in Europe between the Federal Republic of Germany and Romania on April 21, 1992, exactly thirty years ago. Within a united Europe, the Treaty represents the foundation of our close political, economic and cultural cooperation marked by mutual trust, respect and adherence to our common values.
We, the Foreign Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany and Romania, express our satisfaction with the high level of bilateral political dialogue and cooperation in various fields. We reaffirm the commitment of our two countries to further deepen our bilateral relations, as well as to intensify our privileged partnership of a strategic nature to promote a strong and united Europe, united by the values of democracy, the rule of law and of respect for human rights, as provided for in our bilateral treaty.
We jointly condemn Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine in the strongest possible terms and express our solidarity with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people. Like EU member states and allies in NATO, we reaffirm our attachment to European unity and underline our commitment to an even stronger transatlantic unity and its essential contribution to peace and stability in Europe. We want to strengthen our bilateral exchanges on security and defence, as well as on the Eastern neighborhood, in support of the countries in this area, Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, and the Black Sea region. We are also determined to strengthen our cooperation in the field of energy security and in the areas of research, scientific cooperation and innovation.
Over the past thirty years, after the fall of the Iron Curtain, German-Romanian friendship has developed and much has been achieved. Our economic ties are stronger than ever, underlined by solid investments generating jobs and innovation. Our institutional and diplomatic exchanges have deepened and multiplied, contributing to growing mutual trust and the development of numerous concrete projects for the benefit of our countries and of Europe as a whole. Situations of unprecedented complexity, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have been overcome on the basis of the values that built Europe: solidarity and unity. Our cooperation during Romania’s first term as head of the EU Council in the first half of 2019, as well as during the German Presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2020, when we jointly promoted important topics such as the protection of seasonal workers, represent significant examples of successful joint work at European level.
At the same time, our bilateral relations are much older, and the centuries-old Romanian-German interactions provide a fertile foundation on which we continually build. Our close social and cultural relations are strengthened by our common cultural heritage as well as by multiple contacts with civil society, reinforced by the free movement of people and workers within EU. Both the German minority in Romania and the growing number of Romanian citizens living in Germany constitute an exceptional cultural, linguistic, economic and human bridge between our societies. We recognize the exemplary preservation of the rights of persons belonging to the German minority in Romania, which can serve as a model for the respect of minority rights. We are also committed to further strengthen our social ties, especially among the younger generation, and in doing so, to broaden our cultural exchanges.
Together, we want to seize the new opportunities arising from the current transformation of our economies and societies and adapt to the challenges. Combating climate change, overcoming the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, and safeguarding peace, democracy, the rules-based international order, stability and prosperity require joint efforts and urgent actions. To this end, we want to strengthen European resilience and contribute to a successful economic and ecological transformation towards a sustainable, climate-neutral and environmentally friendly future. Building on the successful partnership between our countries and based on our common vision and interests, we want to cooperate even more closely to ensure the green transition and reset our economies towards a more sustainable approach, in energy as well as in fully exploiting the potential of digital transformation. We are committed to further developing the sustainable growth and innovation potential of our economies.
Thirty years of German-Romanian friendship are both an achievement and a motivation: together we want to further develop our bilateral partnership and work for a united, resilient, secure and forward-looking European Union. Together, we will continue to defend Europe, our European partners, our friendship and ever stronger ties between our citizens.