Bucharest-Romania, 4 July 2005
Statement by George A. Papandreou at the event of the Socialist Democratic Party of Romania (Abstracts)
“Above all I would like to forward to you, in Romania, the salutations of all Greeks socialists. We’re all supporters that Romania becomes member of the European Union in the year 2007. Why is Europe so important?
Firstly, to provide for peace in our region, in South Eastern Europe. Different cultures, different languages, different people, can live together keeping altogether their own particular identity, but as well keeping the same basic principles.
Secondly, for democracy. We do have the Copenhagen criteria, Human Rights, International Law, we do have the special values we need for.
Thirdly, we talk about a Europe where people can live together and find a job, for better systems of help, health, education, assistance between us, a better environment, a healthier environment.
A Europe that cannot be made out automatically… What kind of voice do we need to hear from Romania? A voice that will speak only about the market, competitiveness or a voice that will also say that we must look for our poor people, that we must check our health system, our educational system.
This is why we thought in Europe, we discuss in Europe, so that we implement the right programs to help the poorest regions of Europe, to provide with money to the poorest regions, money through the Cohesion Fund. This is important, because it is the subject we’ll talk about, the one we’re holding right now discussions in Europe, the future budget.
… There’s a difference when the government is socialist democrat and another one when the government is conservative. There’s a difference when the government wishes to modernize the administration and another one when the government wishes to control the administration, And what is the lesson learned from that? That you do have to bring, as quickly as possible, changes within your own country, so that you benefit more from this possibility, from the new occasions that arise for your country. But, as great change can be when it occurs from the citizen, so much it is against the citizen when it occurs from the top.
Our experience is that we need a different party and at this point I would like to congratulate Mircea Geoana. That is what we’re working at PASOK, my own party, that is what we’re doing at this moment, we modernize our party, so that it will stand near the people, to open, to break walls. He provides for participation as a drive for society in Romania.
What I would like to say is that today you provide efforts to fulfill the conditions to become member. Once you become members you must be ready to help the changes in Europe, the same way you’ve changed Romania. This is one more reason we wish to see Romania become a member of the European Union the soonest possible. This is one more reason we wish Mircea Geoana to be Head of Romania, the soonest possible”.