Romania celebrates 20th anniversary of accession to International Organization of the Francophonie

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Romania celebrated the 20th anniversary of its accession to the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). ‘The Romanian diplomacy remains true to the Francophonie and the French language, a valuable way to bring together in dialogue the nations of the world and an important instrument able to make a difference in the world, draw together forces and players, generate common visions,” the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed in a release.

To mark this anniversary, MAE has prepared a host of events in cooperation with its Francophone partners in Romania. On March 1, a portal devoted to the 20th anniversary of Romania’s joining the OIF and the anniversary of the International Day of the Francophonie was designed on the MAE website. Invited to contribute to this portal were the Francophone embassies and representative offices accredited in Romania.

The Francophonie Gala will take place on March 21 at the Bucharest-based Radio Hall, this event being organized together with the Radio Romanian Society and the Group of Francophone Embassies, Delegations and Institutions (GADIF). The gala will also include the GADIF Prize award ceremony devoted to the Romanian figures with special merits in the Francophonie field.

The exhibition named „1993-2013 – Francophone Landmarks in Romania” will be launched on April 4, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Library of Romania and GADIF.

Another event is the meeting with the Romanian winners of the „E.Ionescu” scholarships, the class 2012-2013. The meeting, organized in partnership with BECO-AUF, will take place on April 12 at the MAE headquarters.

Moreover, the Francophonie Square will be inaugurated in Bucharest on April 15, in the presence of Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean and Bucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu. Also in April, the Romanian public servants who followed a French course in 2012, organized in partnership with APECO, the French Embassy in Bucharest and the Wallonia-Brussels delegation, will receive their diplomas.

In addition, the diplomatic missions of Romania will stage concerts, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, theatre plays, movie screenings.

„Romania’s foreign policy fully shares the Francophone universal values – cultural diversity, respect for human rights, peace and sustainable development, and supports the steps taken by the International Organization of the Francophonie to reinforce the political dimension of the multilateral institution. MAE joins OIF efforts to enhance democracy, stability and economic development across the Francophone space,” MAE also said.

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