Letter from Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
President of the European Comission
Brussels, 02 Juin 2017
Ares (2017) 2600029
Dear Honourable Member, Dear Victor
Thank you very much for your recent letter following my visit to Romania, which I read with utmost interest.
It was such a pleasure for me to visit your lovely country and I greatly appreciated seeing you at the Citizens Dialogue.
May I take this opportunity to send you my warmest regards.
To the kind attention of Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker
President of the European Commission
May 17th, 2017
Dear Mr President,
Please allow me to convey my apologises first as I found myself obliged to send you a translation of a standpoint of a Romanian member of the European Parliament, that will probably help you better understand the impact of your visit in Romania, as well as the sincere and fair reaction of millions of Romanians.
I am sincerely grateful for your visit to my country and especially for the message you addressed, from the Romanian Parliament, to all my fellow citizens.
The Romanian nation has gladly welcomed the fact that the highest representative of the European Union has spoken about Romania with such respect and appreciation and to quote you, “with love”.
I won’t withhold the joy they felt while hearing your message, especially compared to the position and attitude of other former members of the European Commission. Moreover, the Romanians saw in your personality not only a genuine pro-European, but also a political leader that fights for a Europe capable to affirm and strengthen its unity, a leader who acknowledges that, in this difficult effort, my country has a role to play.
Mr President, we belong to different political families, but I have to admit that your visit strengthened the pro-European commitment of my country.
I had the opportunity to meet common people, in various public spaces in Romania, who were deeply and pleasantly impressed by your visit and the message you addressed.
I would dare to say, referring to your speech, that the European project, apart from its political and technical aspects, can generate feelings and I truly believe that this is the best way. I can only deplore those, very few indeed, who despite belonging to the same political family as you, criticized you for not presenting Romania in those black and white colours that they were expecting.
I would like to conclude by assuring you, Mr President, of all the appreciation and support of my delegation for all the projects that strengthen our Union and restore the connection between the European project and its citizens.
Please accept, Mr President, the assurance of my highest consideration.