In 2018, Romania celebrates the centenary of the Great Union, which began with the Union of Bessarabia in the spring of 1918, continued in the fall with the Union of Bucovina and successfully completed on December 1, 1918 with the Union of Transylvania.
Statement issued by the Romanian Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina reads that “the supreme sacrifice of the Romanian soldiers in the First World War and the free will expressed by the people were the cornerstones of the Greater Romania”.
“In 1918, through their voice or their representatives and beyond the domestic and international political and military situation of those times, the Romanians decided to live together in the same country, under one flag and one crown: the Crown of Romania. The will of the Romanian people was respected and recognized by all the great powers of the time, thus being confirmed by the Versailles Peace Treaty”, the statement reads.
Official reception on the occasion of the National Day of Romania was hosted in Sarajevo by Romanian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Dana Manuela Constantinescu.
During her speech, Constantinescu said that “Romania’s holding of the European Council Presidency in the first half of 2019 is an opportunity to highlight our country’s attachment to the European project, especially among younger generations”.
“In light of the upcoming Presidency, Romania remains committed to the enlargement process, which contributes to the stability, prosperity and security of the EU and Europe, in general. Our principled position is and remains that every candidate state and potential candidate should be assessed individually based upon its own merits, with due consideration to the existing and agreed criteria”, said Constantinescu.
According to the Ambassador, Romania “remains a strong supporter of the Euro-Atlantic perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina, knowing from its own experience that the accession process is not an easy one”.
“It is equally important for the local politicians and authorities to send the right messages about the benefits of the accession process, because joining the EU is far more than a technical process - it is a generational choice, based on fundamental values, which each country must embrace more actively, from their foreign and regional policies right down to what children are taught at school”, said Constantinescu.
“Politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina should soon define their own priorities and ensure the local leadership as the time has come for BiH to assume the responsibility and take its own fate into its hands and head towards the EU”, she concluded.