International Relations

State visit to Luxembourg of the Romanian presidential couple

Klaus Iohannis and his wife Carmen Iohannis visit Luxembourg on 6 and 7 June 2016

Visite d'Etat au Luxembourg du couple présidentiel roumainAt the invitation of TRH the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and his wife Carmen Iohannis conduct a state visit to Luxembourg on 6 and 7 June 2016.

The official welcome by HRH the Grand Duke takes place on the square in front of the grand ducal palace on Monday 6 June 2016 at 12p.m. After military honours, followed by the firing of the 21 gun salute, the playing of the national anthems, the reviewing of the troops and the presentation of the respective delegations, the presidential couple and HRH the Grand Duke will have a private lunch in the grand ducal palace with TRH the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess.

The programme contains the laying of a wreath at the National Monument of Solidarity, as well as audiences of the President of Romania with the president of the Chamber of Deputies Mars Di Bartolomeo, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, and an academic session at the city hall of the Luxembourg City.

On the evening of 6 June will be a gala dinner hosted by HRH the Grand Duke at the grand ducal palace in honour of the President of Romania and his wife Carmen Iohannis, in the presence of the hereditary grand ducal couple.

On Tuesday 7 June, the presidential couple and HRH the Grand Duke will be at the House of Knowledge on Belval campus, located on the former industrial wasteland at Esch-Belval, a perfect example of reconversion of the industrial heritage. They will meet with Romanian students studying at the University of Luxembourg, as well as Romanian members of the academic staff.

A lunch hosted by the Government at the Museum of Modern Art Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM) and a guided tour of the National Museum of History and Arts (MNHA) are two other programme highlights which allow the presidential couple to discover the country.

The state visit ends with a reception hosted by the President of Romania and his wife Carmen Iohannis in honour of HRH the Grand Duke in the Lucien Wercollier cloister and the garden of Neumünster Abbey. On the occasion, the young Romanian tenor Silviu Mihaila will be singing the national anthems.

The state visit will end with the traditional leaving ceremony on Tuesday 7 June at 7.30 p.m. in front of the grand ducal palace, in which HRH the Grand Duke take leave of the President of Romania and his wife.

Relations with ancient origins

From the 9th to the 14th centuries, many inhabitants of the Meuse, Moselle, Rhine, Flanders, Holland and Luxembourg areas left their homes to settle in Romania. In Transylvania, which was founded in the 12th century by those settlers, called 'the Transylvanian Saxons', some people still speak a language very close to the Moselle Franconian spoken between the Moselle and the Rhine, and therefore very close to Luxembourgish.

In 2004 the 'Casa Luxemburg' in Sibiu was inaugurated, a traditional house in the historic centre of the city. In 2007, Luxembourg City was the European Capital of Culture in partnership with Sibiu, whose mayor at the time was the current President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. He held that office between 2000 and 2014.

Romania and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg have had diplomatic relations since 1910. The last Romanian head of state visit to Luxembourg was Traian Basescu in March 2007. In October of the same year, HRH Grand Duke was on a visit to Bucharest and Sibiu. The Romanian community in Luxembourg counts some 3,800 people and is organised among others in a chorus 'Voci din Carpaţi' and the Association Luxembourg-Roumanie asbl.

The best moments of the state visit in pictures

Find here the most beautiful moments of the state visit in the picture gallery on www.gouvernement.lu:

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(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu / Source: Information and Press Service of the Luxembourg Government)

  • Updated 01-10-2016