Premier Tudose at celebration of France's National Day: Determined to defend European citizens' fundamental rights

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Romania is determined to defend the fundamental rights of the European citizens in the spirit of solidarity and cohesion the European Union is built upon, Premier Mihai Tudose said on Friday at the reception organized in honor of the National Day of France, underscoring that July 14 carries a special "historical significance as a crucial landmark for democracy and human rights."

"Romania and France have been together for almost two centuries now on a road with many obstacles we succeeded in overcoming thanks to the common values that have guided us over time, that serve as guarantee for our long-lasting, solid friendship," said the head of the government in Bucharest.

The Prime Minister expressed his desire to welcome his French counterpart on a visit to Romania in the next period, aimed at "strengthening and relaunching bilateral economic relations, thus marking a deeper involvement of France, as an experienced partner and mentor, with Romania's European track." Tudose also said that "a real friend is not the one who judges you, but the one who doesn't let you go wrong."

According to the PM "in the last decade, the bilateral relationship has seen large-scale development." "The relationship between our peoples bears the mark of an exceptional cultural and linguistic compatibility," said Mihai Tudose.

In his speech he mentioned the Romania — France Cultural Season, but also the year 2019 when Romania will hold the rotating Presidency of the EU Council.

"It will be a challenge, but also an opportunity, with Romania eager to show that it is capable to meet the challenges, that it is strongly committed, together with France, to strengthening the European project for a more united and competitive Europe," Mihai Tudose went on to say.

Attending the Bastille Day reception at the French Embassy in Bucharest are Chamber of Deputies Speaker Liviu Dragnea, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Bucharest, politicians, Romania's Attorney General Augustin Lazar and Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate Laura Codruta Kovesi.AGERPRES(RO — author: Oana Ghita, editor: Andreea Rotaru; EN — author: Simona Klodnischi, editor: Maria Voican; online editor: Maria Voican)

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