#Romania2019.eu / Minister of Culture attends opening concert of Romanian Presidency at Council of EU

Four us, Romanians, European Union is more than a political integration project, it is a union of souls thinking and vibrating together, Minister of Culture and National Identity, Valer-Daniel Breaz stated on Thursday evening, in his speech at the opening concert of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union.

The taking over of the Presidency at the Council of the European Union by Romania was marked on Thursday, January 24, in Brussels by a classical music concert performed by the Romanian Youth Orchestra, hosted by BOZAR, a cultural and prestigious institution in the Belgian capital, reads a press release of the Ministry of Culture and National identity (MCIN) sent to AGERPRES.

On this occasion, Valer-Daniel Breaz spoke about the official launch of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union, on January 24, a symbolic date for the Romanian people, for it marks the 160th anniversary since the Union of the Romanian Principalities.

"For us, Romanians, the European Union is more than a political integration project. It is a union of souls thinking and vibrating together. Our political aspirations to be part of the European family are first of all based on our common European culture. We belong to the great European family and we have never lost this identity in the difficult years that followed the creation of our modern state, 100 years ago. In fact, our European identity helped us overcome all these challenges and guided us in this past century," the Minister of Culture said in the same release.

Attending the opening event, where Minister Valer-Daniel Breaz and the General Manager of BOZAR, Paul Dujardin, delivered speeches, were also members of the Romanian Government, alongside representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, the Committee of Regions, the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, Romanian MEPs, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Brussels and Romanian officials working with the European institutions. AGERPRES (RO - author: Daniel Popescu, editor: Diana Dumitru; EN - author: Cristina Zaharia, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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