The Embassy of Romania in Berlin
Adresse: Dorotheenstrasse 62 - 66, Berlin, D-10117
Tel.: +49 (0)30 21239202
Fax: +49 (0)30 21239399
Amb. Emil Hurezeanu
Amb. Emil Hurezeanu took up his appointment as Romania’s Ambassador to Germany in September 2015, the first of his career. Amb. Hurezeanu graduated from the Law School of Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (1975–1979). From 1981-1982, he studied at Vienna and in October 1983, Hurezeanu obtained political asylum in West Germany. Amb. Hurezeanu he studied political science at the University of Virginia and in 1990 he graduated from Boston University.
Amb. Hurezeanu began his career as a jurist in Alba County (1980–1981) and Mediaş (1981–1982) and at Eminescu Bookshop in Sibiu, Romania.
Prior to his diplomatic career Amb. Hurezeanu worked for more than a decade for the Romanian department of Radio Free Europe (1983–1994), in Münich. He was the director of the Romanian department of Radio Free Europe for a few months in 1994. Then, he worked as director of the Romanian section of the Deutsche Welle from Köln (1995–2002). Having returned to Romania in 2002, he was the personal adviser to Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Năstase (March–September 2003). In Romania, he worked for various TV channels, including Antena 1 where he conducted the show My Romania, awarded with APTR Prize in 2003, talk-show section. H. E. Emil Hurezeanu was also the director of the Realitatea-Caţavencu trust in Romania between February 1, 2009 and October 2010.
Diplomatic relations between Romania and Germany began during the 1848 Revolution, when the provisional government at that time sent two diplomatic agents to France and Germany. In this regard, Ioan Maiorescu was the first Romanian representative in Germany.
On the 6th of May 1872 the first Romanian representative to Germany was sent to Berlin. On the 20th of February 1880, Germany recognized Romania’s independence and accepted the change from a diplomatic agency to a legation. The German Legation was established in Bucharest on the 1st of March 1880 and it was linked with the Consulates from Bucureşti, Iaşi, Brăila, Galaţi, Constanţa, Giurgiu şi Craiova.
On the 7th of March 1955, Romania and Germany reestablished diplomatic relations after the end of the Second World War. Romania was, after the USSR, the first country from the sovietic block to establish diplomatic relations at the Embassy level.
Based on a friendship treaty concluded in 1992, political relations between Germany and Romania have traditionally been close and friendly. Germany provided extensive assistance to help Romania prepare for accession to the European Union and to promote its integration within Europe. The two countries also work together in NATO, the United Nations, the OSCE and the Council of Europe as well as in regional EU initiatives such as the Danube Cooperation Process and the Eastern Partnership.
There are regular mutual visits by high-ranking politicians between Germany and Romania. Trade relations between Germany and Romania continue to develop in a very positive direction. German investments in Romania focus on the automotive supply sector, but service companies and large retail chains also make a substantial contribution to the country’s GDP.
Bilateral cultural relations are formally based on the 1995 cultural cooperation agreement and the 1996 accord on school cooperation. Cultural relations focus on research and higher education as well as on promoting the German language in Romania. Since February 2011 the German Embassy in Bucharest has been conducting a nationwide campaign in Romania entitled German – Language of Ideas aimed at getting young people in Romania interested in the German language and opening doors to research and academia, business and culture in Germany.
In 2012, the German, Austrian and Swiss Embassies and the Romanian Ministry of National Education set up a joint commission to promote German-language teaching in Romania’s education system. The German minority in Romania is also represented on this commission.
The Goethe Institute, the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (with more than 30 seconded teachers) and Germany’s political foundations all play an active role in Romania. The work of the Goethe Institute is complemented by the activities of the German Cultural Centres in Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Brasov and Timisoara. There is a growing number of school and university partnerships between Romania and Germany. In 1999, Romania founded the cultural institute Titu Maiorescu in Berlin, which showcases Romanian culture through exhibitions, concerts and lectures.
The Embassy of Romania serves as an intermediary between Romania and Germany. It represents the interests of both Romania and Romanian people living in Germany. The Embassy analyses the home and foreign affairs, the economic and social situations and sends these reports back to Romania. Also, the Embassy is responsible for presenting and promoting Romanian’s foreign affairs objectives to Germany. In this regard, diplomats are developing a strong network with German officials, political, economic, cultural and mass-media representatives as well.
The Embassy of Romania serves as an intermediary between Romania and Germany. It represents the interests of both Romania and Romanian people living in Germany. The Embassy analyses the home and foreign affairs, the economic and social situations and sends these reports accordingly back to Romania. Also, the Embassy is responsible into presenting and promoting the Romanian’s foreign affairs objectives to Germany. In this regard, diplomats are developing a strong network with German officials, political, economic, cultural and mass-media representatives as well.