Honourable Delegates and Committee Presidents,
Welcome to the first regional session of the Model European Parliament Central and South East Europe in Bucharest.
For most of you it may seem easy to imagine a world without Romania. So many negative images from this emerging country in Eastern Europe have gone around the globe these past eight years since joining the European Union. Nevertheless, there is an eclectic mix of facts binding Romanian culture to its neighbours and many other EU Member States. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking of vampires? There is no young adult that has never come across the bloody legend of count Dracula. So why not see Romania as a „fang-tastic“ destination for vampire lovers. But let me give you some more enlightened thoughts about Romania.
The first pen, insulin, the jet plane are just a few of the inventions made by Romanians. Although there are more interesting facts to know about our culture there are some incredible achievements performed by Romanian athletes: the first ever 10 in the history of gymnastics was given to Nadia Comaneci at the Olympic Games in 1976, and in 1986 Steaua Bucharest won the Champions League title. Surprisingly, the second most spoken language at Microsoft is Romanian.
But let us go back to the most important parts of our local culture; we are used to be called the owners of the most delicious dishes and wines in the world!
We are happy to welcome you to Bucharest, our lively capital city, for you to gather the experience of a unique MEP session held in the world´s largest civilian building, the Romanian Palace of the Parliament.
It is up to you to use your imagination and come up with creative solutions to pressing current issues the EU is facing. On the whole we can promise you a once in a lifetime cultural and intellectual experience!
Dear all: Bucharest waits for you.
The MEP CSEE Bucharest Presidency