Diaconescu: Council of Europe, first democratic body guiding Romania after 1989

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The Council of Europe represents the first democratic institution Romania chose to follow immediately after putting and end to the communist regime, back in 1989, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Cristian Diaconescu said, at the launch of a stamp dedicated to the 60th anniversary since the setting up of the institution.

‘The democratic values and principles, the respect for the functioning rules of the rule of law state, the liberties, the foundamental rights, promoted, defended and underlined, both from a political and a legal point of view, by the Council of Europe, have represented very serious arguments also for the development of the democratic process in Romania,’ Cristian Diaconescu also said.

He also underlined that ever since 1993, both on the national and European levels, Romania have gradually began to associate itself to this set of values, highlighting that in his opinion ‘The Council of Europe represented the first democratic body Romania took as guidance after putting and end to the communist era.’

‘From this viewpoint, the association and alignment to the European standards have represented for Romania the first signal for the reform, the first signal through which an entire set of values and an entire culture related to this set of values were reconsidered, the same as what went good from the viewpoint of the democratic culture we owe it, to a certain extent, to the way in which the activity of our country and of those who represented us at the Council of Europe, no matter whether we refer to the executive department or the parliamentary one, and all these was reflected in the manner in which the Romanian institutions were reformed, in the way in which our mentality, the mentality of each and every of us, has changed,’ Cristian Diaconescu said.

On the other hand, Diaconescu said Romania has big expectations related to this European institution and also added ‘there are still things to be done for our country.’

‘We cannot say we have, from all viewpoints, reached the standards and democratic expectations the Romanian citizens want for their country, but what it is certain is that, from the manner in which we understood to engage our country in the democratic dialogue, both at the Council of Europe and at the other European institutions, we trust that democratic values remain values all of us and the institution stick to,’ Diaconescu said.

The philatelic culture represents a gesture of elegance and respect, the head of the Romanian diplomacy concluded, referring to the philatelic event marking the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe.

In his turn, the Chairman of Romfilatelia Cristina Popescu referred to the importance of the stamps, showing they are a symbol in each and every country, together with the national anthem, the flag and the currency.

‘It is a moral duty and an obligation in the same time for the philatelic institution has a history of more than 150 years, with the stamps today marking an important event in the philatelic patrimony of Romania, and it is very important for us to be with the other countries that are to issue anniversary stamps on this occasion in Strasbourg, on May 16,’ Cristina Popescu said.

On May 5, 2009, there is celebrated the 60th anniversary since the setting up of the Council of Europe, through the signing of the Treaty of London. On this occasion, Romfilatelia, the Romanian company specialized in publishing and trading the Romanian stamps, introduced in circulation the anniversary issue of stamps ‘The 60th Anniversary of the Council of Europe.’

Moreover, the event is part of a series of anniversaries organized in Romania aheaf of the ministerial meeting of the Council of Europe settled for May 12, 2009, in Madrid, to be dedicated to the 60th anniversary since the setting up of the body in Strasbourg.

Romania joined the Council on October 7, 1993. For Romania, becoming a member of the Council of Europe and joining of the European Convention of Human Rights in 1994 marked the first stage in its efforts to integrate with the EU.

This project represents an initiative of the Council of Europe with Romania, via Romfilatelia, joining Albania Armenia, Croatia, France, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and other countries in the event.

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