Attending the meeting were heads of some French-speaking world diplomatic missions and representations to Romania, as well as the directors of regional offices for Central and Eastern Europe of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) and, respectively, of the Francophone University Agency (AUF), headquartered in Bucharest, MAE stressed.
In the framework of discussions occasioned by the close celebration of the 40th anniversary of OIF the participants approached aspects referring to the events going to be organized on March 20 in cooperation with MAE and the Francophone states embassies and at the same time reviewed preparations for the 13th Francophonie Summit, to be hosted by Switzerland in Montreaux, over Oct. 22-24, 2010.
According to MAE, the participants underlined the role of institutional Francophonie in consolidation of the cultural diversity, of democracy and stability in the Francophone space and evoked the use of French language as a significant vector in the promotion of multilingualism. They referred to the need of paying a suitable attention to the French language within the Romanian education system and in the press.
Romanian diplomacy chief Teodor Baconschi pointed out the Francophone vocation of Romania, saying it is closely linked to its history and cultural traditions and, at the same time, its active involvement into the dissemination of Francophone values in the region, as a “Francophonie beacon” in Central and Eastern Europe, aspect illustrated by the hosting of OIF and AUF regional bureaus.
The Francophone projects promoted by Romania include the “Eugen Ionescu” programme of doctoral and research grants and the Multi-annual plan of training in French language addressed to Romanian civil servants, which represent important professional training tools.