Newspaper CORRIERE DEL TICINO – Special Edition (Part II)
President Iohannis: we have a department dedicated to Diaspora
Prime Minister Ciolos: is worth billions
Twenty-six years after the fall of the most bloody communist regime in Europe, Romania is today, in all respects, a country belonging to the EU that implements deep reforms in order to modernize and relaunch his own role. The special envoy of the newspaper “Corriere del Ticino” has travelled to Bucharest to take the pulse of the profound changes that are taking place. During five episodes (today we will publish the second one), we will present some topical issues, without excluding the inklings with Switzerland.
BUCHAREST – In the marvellous Cotroceni Palace from Bucharest, where the Presidency of the Republic is located, the general public access is allowed only on special occasions. The topic on the agenda might look a tad pretentious to those unfamiliar with the dynamics of economic development of this nation. But, from the uncovered figures, they will soon realise that here, the political marketing seems only as a well packaged box, but observing it more closely, it is not just as simple: “Romanian Diaspora, vector of development”. In fact, the meeting was scrupulously organized by the counsellor of the Presidency, Sandra Pralong, a prove that, on these places, the diaspora has indeed become an affair of state.
In front of a large audience (were invited international guests, and in the room can be heard more people speaking English with an American accent), in fact, is the same head of state Klaus Iohannis, to remember that “the Romanians from abroad have something useful to offer to our country: they bring us the most valuable professional, intellectual, financial, social and civic capital, with their experience of life in countries with well-established democracies, with effective systems in both public service and private sector. “
Referring precisely to the Romanian Diaspora, Iohannis remarked that “we have a duty to offer them more, to offer them real opportunities.” Despite the economic growth rate of 3.5% in 2015 and the prospect of further improving GDP in 2016 (+ 4.1% estimated), with an unemployment rate of 6.7%, “there is still a percentage of our fellow citizens who have concrete plans to repatriate.” In this regard, “Romania cannot afford to waste the valuable human capital that it has abroad”. And to concretely demonstrate this, Iohannis said “we already have a plan ready to be implemented that will bring this capital back, home.”
On his turn, the Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, who on 10 November of the last year has replaced Victor Ponta, who resigned after the tragedy of October 30 from the Collective club (this topic will be especially and specifically discussed in this article), has disclose the exact amount of the stakes. “Romanian Diaspora – stressed the head of government – is a good thing by several points of view. If we consider the financial side, the annual revenues coming in the country has amounted to about 1.5 billion euros, but in terms of economic and investment potential we can say that it has amounted to tens of billions.” The figures are certainly not questionable.
The Conference on Romanians living abroad, who also had a wide media coverage (and for once, a part of the Romanian press has left aside the tendency, especially felt by the stranger observers, to magnify a certain negativity, perhaps even due to the flurry of arrests made on many fronts) has already given them at least one concrete result. It was the same President Klaus Iohannis who, located in Germany on 27 February reminded through Facebook’s that “we have a department dedicated to Diaspora.” Briefly, German pragmatism. In fact, Romanian.